Category Archives: Agriculture

Badgers to be given anti-TB jabs

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An introduction to genomics

What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? In this primer on the genomics revolution, entrepreneur Barry Schuler says we can at least expect healthier, tastier food. He suggests we start with the pinot noir grape, to build better … Continue reading

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Pathogenic soil bacterium is influenced by land management

Melioidosis is a severe disease affecting humans and animals in the tropics. It is caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which lives in tropical soil and especially occurs in southeast Asia and northern Australia. Despite the recognition that melioidosis is … Continue reading

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Microbial diseases of bees

Bees are important contributors to the economies of many countries, but as Travis Glare and Maureen O’Callaghan discuss in this article in Microbiology Today, they are many threats to the survival on the humble bee, including the risk of disease … Continue reading

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Prions in Milk

A decade ago, a new variant form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease was identified. The emergence of this prion disease in humans was the consequence of the zoonotic transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy through dietary exposure. Since then, the control of human … Continue reading

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Death of mycology – a career opportunity?

BBC News reports that Britain is running out of mycologists. There were 32 in the 1990s, but just eight now. Scientists say we should be worried as, without a British research base, other countries could stand to make lucrative fungi-based … Continue reading

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Ancient fungus farmers

Unbelievable as it sounds, leaf-cutter ants developed the secret of agriculture over 50 million years ago. In this article in Microbiology Today, Garret Suen and Cameron Currie describe how freshly-cut leaves are incorporated into gardens for the growth of a … Continue reading

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The poultry industry in Great Britain: transmission routes for a potential avian influenza virus epidemic

The UK commercial poultry industry is an important industry to the British government, the consumer and farmers alike. Worth an estimated £3.4 billion at retail value, producing over 174 million birds for consumption per year, poultry diseases are of widespread … Continue reading

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Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a relatively rare bacterial disease in humans but also affects a wide range of animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. It is caused by infection with Gram-negative spirochaete bacteria of the genus Leptospira. The infection is usually … Continue reading

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