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Bacteria trapped — and terminated — by graphene filter

6 days ago

Airborne bacteria may see what looks like a comfy shag carpet on which to settle. But it’s a…
Protozoans and pathogens make for an infectious mix

October 5, 2019

Single-celled organisms in the environment are protecting pathogenic bacteria and priming them for human infection, an international team…
Biologists Untangle Growth and Defense in Maize, Define Key Antibiotic Pathways

September 24, 2019

In order to meet the demands of growing human populations, agricultural production must double within the next 30…
New study may help the battle against a pathogenic bacterium

September 5, 2019

Bleach kills germs, so most people would assume that it would be a repellent to bacteria. But new…
Foodborne pathogen sheltered by harmless bacteria that support biofilm formation

August 26, 2019

Pathogenic bacteria  that stubbornly lurk in some apple-packing facilities may be sheltered and protected by harmless bacteria that…
UVA Reveals E. coli’s secret weapon for causing the worst possible infection

August 19, 2019

A pair of University of Virginia School of Medicine scientists have revealed how E. coli seeks out the…
Worm pheromones protect major crops, scientists find

July 26, 2019

Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without using toxic pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. Researchers…
Surprising enzymes discovered in giant ocean viruses

June 11, 2019

Results of a new NSF-supported study led by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Swansea University Medical School…
Toy shows off plant defences

June 3, 2019

Lancaster computer scientists have developed a fun interactive toy to demonstrate a plant’s defences against pathogens. Dr Abe…
Reservoir bugs: Study shows why stomach pathogen is so tough to eradicate

May 7, 2019

The stomach-dwelling bacteria Helicobacter pylori survives in the stomach — a hellish, churning vat of hydrochloric acid —…
Project BioSensing – detecting pathogens using quantum technology

May 6, 2019

Safe diagnoses of diseases, identification of multidrug-resistant germs, detection of beginning epidemics at an early stage or detection…
New computational tool could change how we study pathogens

March 26, 2019

A sophisticated new analysis tool developed by Florida State University scientists may signal a new era in the…
Study highlights danger of vitamin B12 deficiency

March 18, 2019

Using roundworms, one of Earth’s simplest animals, Rice University bioscientists have found the first direct link between a…
More scrutiny needed for less-deadly foodborne bacteria

February 15, 2019

Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria…
Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands?

January 3, 2019

In 2014, plant biologists with the California Department of Agriculture reported an alarming discovery: native wildflowers and herbs,…
Pathogens may evade immune response with metal-free enzyme

October 19, 2018

Some bacterial pathogens, including those that cause strep throat and pneumonia, are able to create the components necessary…
DNA sequencing and patient data used to halt infection outbreak

October 5, 2018

The breakthrough at the John Radcliffe Hospital is significant as this is the first time an outbreak of Candida…
Complex Factors Can Drive the Emergence and Evolution of Plant Pathogens

October 4, 2018

For many of us, bumper crops of zucchinis and cucumbers conjure up the sweltering days of summer, while…
Bird bacteria study reveals evolutionary arms race

September 7, 2018

A study of a songbird and a bacterium that infects it has revealed how species in conflict evolve…
Clay fights MRSA, other ‘superbugs’ in wounds

August 23, 2018

The use of mud or wet clay as a topical skin treatment, or poultice, is a common practice…
Biomarker is discovered for a flesh-eating pathogen that can blind or kill healthy young people

July 10, 2018

Imagine a pathogen that infects completely healthy people and can cause blindness in one day and flesh-eating infections,…
Resistance to antifungal drugs could lead to disease and global food shortages

May 21, 2018

An international team, led by researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Exeter, warns that improvements…
Study reveals broad spread of leprosy strains in medieval Europe

May 16, 2018

The diversity of leprosy strains circulating in medieval Europe was much greater than previously thought, according to new…
Study reveals how pathogen proteins team up to defeat plants

May 15, 2018

Many of the plant pathogens that threaten crops around the world use a common strategy to beat plant…
Vampire bat immunity and infection risk respond to livestock rearing

April 4, 2018

The availability of livestock as a food source for vampire bats influences their immune response and infection by bacterial…
New apple disease spoils even pasteurized foods

March 30, 2018

New Yorkers love apples. The Empire State is the second-largest apple grower in the U.S. and is the…
Sugar-coated vesicles prove effective in laboratory tests on deadly pathogens

March 20, 2018

For 30 years, conjugate vaccines have proven effective in reducing the incidence of disease caused by bacterial pathogens,…
In nature, an imperfect immune system drives the evolution of deadly pathogen strains

March 5, 2018

As annual flu shot patrons know, immune systems are not perfect and must be constantly reinforced to protect…
Plotting the path of plant pathogens

February 5, 2018

In a sneak attack, some pathogenic microbes manipulate plant hormones to gain access to their hosts undetected. Biologists…
Wheat disease breakthrough to help feed the world

December 27, 2017

Famine may be largely a thing of the past but in recent years the re-emergence of a disease…
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