November 2017

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 18:00 - 18:15
Institution: 
University of Sydney
Title: 

A microbial ecology story - Improving Agaricus bisporus (button mushroom) crop productivity

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 18:30 - 19:15
Institution: 
McMaster University, Canada
Title: 

Pseudomonas goes fishing

Abstract: 

Many bacterial and archaeal species make long retractable protein filaments called type IV pili. They have a number of roles, ranging from surface sensing to motility to electron transfer. I will discuss our recent findings about how the filaments are extended and retracted, which is integral to many of their functions. 

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 19:30 - 20:15
Institution: 
University of Maryland, USA
Title: 

The vaginal microbiome and women’s health

Abstract: 

The vaginal microbiota forms the first line of defense against sexually transmitted infection (STIs). Population based surveys of the bacteria inhabiting the vagina have shown that several kinds of vaginal microbiota exist, that differs in bacterial composition and abundance. The impact of composition and  functions of the vaginal microbiota on women’s health and the susceptibility to infections is being investigated through the application of modern genomic technologies, ecological principles and in vitro modeling.