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  1. Society for General Microbiology launches new publishing platform

    25 June 2015

    Today, the Society for General Microbiology launches its new publishing platform, which brings together all of the scholarly content published by the Society’s six peer-reviewed journals. The new platform has been carefully designed with all of our users in mind, from authors and editors through to readers and librarians.

  2. Society for General Microbiology announces new open access and open data journal, Microbial Genomics

    31 March 2015

    Today, at their Annual Conference in Birmingham, the Society for General Microbiology will announce the launch Microbial Genomics, a fully open access journal publishing research articles that use genomic approaches to further our understanding of microbiology, from clinically important pathogens to microbial life in diverse ecosystems.

  3. Date syrup shows promise for fighting bacterial infections

    31 March 2015

    Date syrup – a thick, sweet liquid derived from dates that is widely consumed across the Middle East – shows antibacterial activity against a number of disease-causing bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.

    New research, presented today at the Society for General Microbiology Annual Conference in Birmingham, showed that, in vitro, date syrup is able to inhibit the growth of bacteria faster than manuka honey, which has previously been shown to have antibacterial properties and is increasingly used in dressings to improve wound repair.

  4. Researchers discover bacterial genetic pathway involved in body odour production

    31 March 2015

    For many, body odour is an unfortunate side effect of their daily lives. The smell is caused by bacteria on the skin breaking down naturally secreted molecules contained within sweat. Now, researchers from the University of York working with Unilever have studied the underarm microbiome and identified a unique set of enzymes in the bacterium Staphylococcus hominis that is effective at breaking down sweat molecules into compounds known as thioalcohols, an important component of the characteristic body odour smell.

  5. Researchers from Nottingham rediscover Anglo-Saxon antimicrobial

    31 March 2015

    Researchers from the University of Nottingham have shown that a 1,000 year old Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections, which originates from a manuscript in the British Library, has been found to kill the modern-day superbug MRSA. This work is being presented this week at the Society for General Microbiology Annual Conference.

    Microbiologist Dr Freya Harrison, working with Dr Steve Diggle and Dr Aled Roberts, collaborated with Dr Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert from the School of English, to recreate a 10th century potion for eye infections from Bald’s Leechbook. The book is widely thought of as one of the earliest known medical textbooks and contains Anglo-Saxon medical advice and recipes for medicines, salves and treatments.

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