Tag Archives: Food

Garlic for the common cold

Can garlic cure the common cold? Continue reading

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Potential industrial biotechnology with cyanobacteria and eukaryotic microalgae

Both cyanobacteria and eukaryotic microalgae are promising organisms for sustainable production of bulk products such as food, feed and fuels. Continue reading

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The end of BSE

The BSE epidemic cost us billions, and devastated the British farming industry. Now, that plague is at an end. Overall, as many as three million animals were infected; in the peak year, 1992, the UK saw 37,280 diagnoses. Yet there are … Continue reading

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Bacteriophages as biocontrol agents

Bacteriophages represent one of the most abundant biological entities in nature and have long been recognized for their potential use as therapeutic agents. In recent years overprescription of antibiotics and the concomitant development of antibiotic-resistant ‘super-bugs’ have highlighted the need … Continue reading

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You Are Not What You Eat

The types of gut bacteria that populate the guts of primates depend on the species of the host as well as where the host lives and what they eat. A new study examines the gut microbial communities in great apes, … Continue reading

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Are your tomatos looking dodgy?

Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) poses a serious threat to tomato production throughout the temperate regions of the world. A new analysis suggests that the virus probably arose somewhere in the Middle East between the 1930s and 1950s and … Continue reading

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Beware the buffet

Even if we have never succumbed to it, we are all familiar with the sickness caused by noroviruses due to high-profile media coverage of outbreaks in various closed communities, such as hospitals and cruise ships. In this article in Microbiology … Continue reading

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Food security and microbiology

As the human population continues to grow, ever greater demands are placed on food production. In this article in Microbiology Today, Monica Winstanley and Celia Caulcott ask, what contribution can microbiologists make to ensure that the supply of food to … Continue reading

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All you can eat?

The UK is not self-sufficient in food production, and we are completely reliant on imported food to feed the nation. In this article in Microbiology Today, Niamh Murphy asks, how can we be sure that the food we import is … Continue reading

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