Tag Archives: Food

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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How bacterial plant pathogens escape their fate

The immune system of plants can be unstable in the face of rapidly evolving micro-organisms, and pathogens that can evade recognition can spread with alarming speed through a plant population. In this article in Microbiology Today, Gail Preston and Dawn … Continue reading

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How honey kills bacteria

Honey has been renowned for its wound-healing properties since ancient times. At least part of its positive influence is attributed to antibacterial properties. With the advent of antibiotics, clinical application of honey was abandoned in modern Western medicine, although in … Continue reading

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Food for thought

Strategies in modern agriculture aim to enhance harvest yields per acreage and to reduce pre-harvest and post-harvest losses caused by detrimental abiotic and biotic causes. The potential of that reflects an estimate 20–40% reduction of agricultural production worldwide that is … Continue reading

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Beer consumption increases your attractiveness – to mosquitoes

Malaria and alcohol consumption both represent major public health problems. Alcohol consumption is rising in developing countries and, as efforts to manage malaria are expanded, understanding the links between malaria and alcohol consumption becomes crucial. Our aim was to ascertain … Continue reading

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Vineyardomics: SOS – Save our Shiraz!

Grapevines are an important global crop which are widely planted throughout temperate regions. Viruses are a significant factor in reducing the quality and quantity of the yield and are known to reduce the productive life of vineyards. Grapevines are subject … Continue reading

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Dance till you can't dance no more

In 1518, one of the strangest epidemics in recorded history struck the city of Strasbourg. Hundreds of people were seized by an irresistible urge to dance, hop and leap into the air. In houses, halls and public spaces, as fear … Continue reading

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Is that chicken bugged?

Two-thirds of chicken on sale in the UK is contaminated with a bacterium which can cause severe food poisoning. Campylobacter, which can cause diarrhoea, cramping and abdominal pain, causes 55,000 cases of food poisoning a year in the UK. Cooking … Continue reading

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