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Microbes in Norwich, the biannual NRP symposium for microbiology, took place on Friday 8th February in the JIC Conference Centre. Over 140 researchers from across the NRP attended the event, which aims to showcase microbiological research from across the different labs and disciplines in the Norwich Research Park.
During the meeting, nine researchers from the UEA, JIC, TSL and IFR discussed their work on a wide range of topics. In the morning session, Prof. Colin Murrell (UEA) discussed his work on methanogens and other bacterial that grow on atmospheric trace gases. Next, Lindsay Hall (UEA) described the effects of Bifidobacterial exopolysaccharides on colonisation of the mouse gut, and Tom Clarke (UEA) talked about his work on the redox interactions occurring between Shewanella and minerals in its environment. Prof. Colin Kleanthous (Oxford University) gave the JIC Friday seminar, which coincided with the meeting. Prof. Kleanthous described his lab’s work on the mechanism of action of colicins, a species of protein antibiotics that subvert porins and other bacterial membrane proteins to effect entry into the cell.
After lunch, Chris Hamilton (UEA) talked about the biochemistry of low GC content, Gram positive bacteria. Next, Jake Malone (JIC/UEA) described his group’s research into cyclic-di-GMP signalling in Pseudomonas fluorescens as it colonises the wheat rhizosphere. The final talk before the coffee break and poster session was by Natalie Juge (IFR), who discussed her work on the relationship between gut bacteria and mucins. In the final session, Prof. Allan Downie (JIC) told us about quorum sensing circuits that underpin Rhizobia nodulation and root attachment. Mark Banfield (JIC/TSL) described his lab’s research into the structural underpinnings of protein effectors used by plant pathogenic oomycete species. Finally Graham Etherington (TSL) discussed his bioinformatic analyses of Crinkler effector genes in Phytophthora infestans.
Many thanks to Matt Hills, Georgina Ponka and everyone else involved in bringing together a highly successful meeting!