Karen Seff2023-02-23T17:17:57+00:00August 15th, 2022|
What makes Aspergillus thrive? Aspergillus spp. are ubiquitous environmental moulds that grow and disperse microscopic spores (conidia) into the air in both long and short distances; when they encounter solid or liquid surfaces and the conditions are right, they are deposited and proceed to germinate.
Karen Seff2023-02-23T17:06:41+00:00July 28th, 2022|
The genus Campylobacter contains motile, non-spore forming Gram-negative bacteria that typically appear comma- or s-shaped. Campylobacter contains 22 species among which Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli are the well-known species mainly responsible for gastroenteritis in humans.
Karen Seff2023-02-23T17:35:14+00:00July 22nd, 2022|
Although recycling has been at an all-time push, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics continue to be extensively used in everyday products. However, a recent breakthrough to help with this issue comes from none other than the microbiology world!
Karen Seff2023-02-23T17:07:27+00:00June 22nd, 2022|
First observed in 1960, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a Gram-positive, multi-drug resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus. Whilst some MRSA infections are minor, some infections can be life-threatening.
Karen Seff2023-02-23T19:35:59+00:00June 8th, 2022|
The ocean is known to be home to the world’s largest ecosystems, which contain a significant majority of species. To celebrate World Oceans Day on the 8th of June, we took a closer look at understanding bioluminescence, a natural phenomenon that makes certain beaches and bays around the world glow and glitter at night.
Karen Seff2023-02-23T17:18:16+00:00March 24th, 2022|
Klebsiella pneumoniae was originally known as Friedlander’s bacillus after German pathologist and microbiologist Carl Friedländer. He first described it as an encapsulated bacillus in 1882 when he isolated the bacterium from the lungs of people who died from pneumonia.
Karen Seff2023-02-23T17:35:18+00:00January 18th, 2022|
Bacteria have been thought of as asocial organisms with interactions limited to detection and responses to external signals from the environment. However, in the late 1960’s scientists discovered that bacteria actually could communicate with each other. It was later known as Quorum sensing.