Tagged: fungi

Fighting fungi with feijoa - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 12, 2019

Dr Andrew Munkacsi Many of us have heard of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, either through the media or perhaps knowing someone who died from such a bacterial infection. Just as there are bacterial infections resistant to antibiotics, there are fungal infections resistant to antifungal drugs.    Fungi are microbial organisms (not visible to the naked eye) that can infect plants, animals and humans. Read More

Fungi can help concrete heal its own cracks - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 30, 2018

Congrui Jin, Binghamton University, State University of New York This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Infrastructure supports and facilitates our daily lives – think of the roads we drive on, the bridges and tunnels that help transport people and freight, the office buildings where we work and the dams that … Read More

Support science with these last minute Xmas gifts! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 11, 2015

If you are looking for gifts that are a little different, and like the idea of supporting scientific research, then we have just the thing for you! This year I’ve worked with a number of artists and illustrators to make amazing artworks out of naturally glowing bacteria. The artworks may only last a day or two but we took photos of … Read More

Monday Micro – Glowing Superbugs at TEDxChristchurch - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 18, 2015

Last November I talked about my research at TEDxChristchurch. It was my first experience of a TEDx event and I was blown away by how amazing and inspirational the day was. It was very humbling to have been given the opportunity to enthuse about bioluminescence and bacteria. Here’s the video of my talk, also featuring glowing caterpillars and … Read More

Fighting antibiotic resistance: from Obama to TV3! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 25, 2014

“Ascomycetes“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons. Last week President Obama signed an Executive Order aimed at combating antibiotic resistant superbugs. The order establishes a task force and a Presidential Advisory Committee which will look at how the US can implement a national strategy to … Read More

Monday Micro – sloths a source of new drugs?! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 20, 2014

As a parent, I have watched the Ice Age movies more times than I care to admit. I quite like Sid the sloth but had no idea just how important his descendants could be in our fight against disease. Sloths are slow-moving tree-dwelling mammals found in the jungles of central and south America. They … Read More