The soil supporting a field of crops teems with life. Untold numbers of bacteria and fungi strive for space and food. Most are harmless. Many are vital to creating healthy soil. But farmers worry about a handful of species that cause devastating crop diseases, and they often turn to chemical pesticides to keep those pathogens in check.
New research from the lab of FRI executive committee member Nancy Keller shows how some of these harmful microbes have to contend not just with a farmer’s chemical attacks, but also with their microscopic neighbors — and themselves turn to chemical warfare to ward off threats.link Full Article
Congratulations to FRI executive committee member Laura Knoll and affiliated faculty Federico Rey on being co-principal investigators on two separate projects funded through UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative awards.
Laura's project will focus on Toxoplasma infection and brain function, while Federico's seeks to acquire a new DNA sequencer for the UW-Madison campus.
The Institute for Food Safety and Health; International Life Sciences Institute, North American Branch; and FRI brought together more than 100 academics, regulators, and industry experts for a symposium, “Microbiomes in Food Safety, Food Quality, and Human Health,” on Sept. 28, 2017, in Burr Ridge, Ill.
FRI science writer Wendy Bedale reported on the event, during which the human gut microbiome and its relationships with diet and disease were highlighted, while the microbiomes of food, food animals, and food manufacturing environments also were discussed.