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Royal Society university research fellow starts at JIC

Royal Society university research fellow starts at JIC

The Royal Society has appointed a university research fellowship to Dr Andrew Truman, funding him to work at the John Innes Centre for an initial five years. Dr Truman, 31, joined the institute at the beginning of October and will investigate how bacteria are able to make medically useful compounds. “I find it astounding that nature is [...]

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Q&A with Professor Mervyn Bibb

Q&A with Professor Mervyn Bibb

  The enthusiasm of a school biology teacher helped fuel Professor Mervyn Bibb’s own curiosity. Today, as antibiotic resistance nears a crisis point, his work to understand how soil bacteria produce antibiotics is more vital than ever. What sparked your interest in science? I have always been interested in the “natural world”, but it was [...]

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Medicinal toothbrush tree yields antibiotic to treat TB in new way

A compound from the South African toothbrush tree inactivates a drug target for tuberculosis in a previously unseen way. Tuberculosis causes more deaths worldwide than any other infectious disease. At the same time as rates are increasing, resistance strains are emerging due, in part, to non-compliance with the treatment required. Current drugs are nearly 50 [...]

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Nature’s chemical toolkit

Plants and microbes produce thousands of chemicals that facilitate communication with pollinators, competitors and predators.  These chemicals also serve important functions, for example acting as chemical sunblocks, waterproofing agents, and antifreezing agents, which allow the plant or microbe to survive in the environment. Individual species differ enormously in the number and types of specialised chemicals [...]

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Exciting Group Leader vacancies

The John Innes Centre, located on the Norwich Research Park, is looking to recruit Group Leaders focused on plant or microbial systems who will complement the ongoing science and run internationally excellent and innovative research programmes. We are seeking to recruit individuals to join our efforts focused on plant response to the environment and cell [...]

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Bacteria Branch Out

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A.

Streptomyces produce the majority of clinically useful antibiotics, yet we don’t fully understand how they grow. PhD student Antje Hempel has contributed to our understanding of this by working out how and why the bacterial filaments produce branches. Streptomyces bacteria typically live in soil and survive by decomposing plant matter. They do this by growing [...]

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Biochemical Society award for JIC Microbiologist

Biochemical Society award for JIC Microbiologist

Professor Mervyn Bibb of the John Innes Centre has been awarded the Heatley Medal and Prize by the Biochemical Society. Professor Dale Sanders FRS, Director of the John Innes Centre, said: “The JIC is proud to congratulate Merv Bibb on his award of the Heatley Medal.  This prestigious award was last won by Nobel Laureate [...]

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Novel method for increasing antibiotic yields

Novel method for increasing antibiotic yields

A novel way of increasing the amounts of antibiotics produced by bacteria has been discovered that could markedly improve the yields of these important compounds in commercial production. It could also be valuable in helping to discover new compounds. With the ever-growing threat from antibiotic resistance, these tools will be very useful in ensuring that [...]

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