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Microbiology News

June 19, 2020

Congratulations to current Microbiology Ph.D. student Salma Alavi, recent Microbiology MS Jon Mitchell, and Professor Ansel Hsiao on their paper "Interpersonal Gut Microbiome Variation Drives Susceptibility and Resistance to Cholera Infection," which was recently published in the prestigious journal Cell.

Authors

 

Microbiology Executive Committee 2020-2021

Shou-wei Ding

Meera Nair

A. L. N. Rao

 

CNAS News

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‘Super Earth’ discovered near one of our galaxy’s oldest stars
A hot, rocky “super Earth,” near one of the oldest stars in the galaxy has taken a team of planet-hunting scientists by surprise.
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Astronomers measure enormous planet lurking far from its star
Scientists aren’t usually able to measure the size of gigantic planets, like Jupiter or Saturn, which are far from the stars they orbit. But a UC Riverside-led team has done it.
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Scientists developing new solutions for honeybee colony collapse
The University of California, Riverside, is leading a new effort to stop and reverse a worldwide decline in honeybees, which threatens food security and prices. 
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Delicious and disease-free: scientists attempting new citrus varieties
UC Riverside scientists are betting an ancient solution will solve citrus growers’ biggest problem by breeding new fruits with natural resistance to a deadly tree disease. The hybrid fruits will ideally share the best of their parents’ attributes: the tastiness of the best citrus, and the resistance to Huanglongbing, or HLB, displayed by some Australian relatives of citrus. 
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Graduate student’s BADASS code has astronomical benefits
Open-source code developed at UC Riverside is free, versatile, and easy to use
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Root bacteria could help defeat fatal citrus disease
A UC Riverside-led team is looking at tiny underground microorganisms for a way to prevent a huge problem — Huanglongbing, a disease with no cure that has decimated citrus orchards worldwide. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded the team $10 million to investigate the role of soil and root microbes in the disease.  
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Proteins enable crop-infecting fungi to ‘smell’ food
New UC Riverside research shows the same proteins that enable human senses such as smell also allow certain fungi to sense something they can eat. The study offers new avenues for protecting people from starvation due to pathogenic fungus-induced food shortages. Understanding how fungi sense and digest plants can also help scientists engineer fungal strains that are more efficient at producing biofuels.
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$6.3 million will help UC Riverside save America’s avocado orchards
New grants totaling $6.3 million will help UC Riverside solve problems facing American avocado orchards, including a lethal fungal disease called Laurel Wilt. The disease can destroy an entire avocado orchard in a couple of weeks once symptoms develop. It is already present in Florida. Without effective treatments, it will inevitably spread to California, the nation’s leading producer of avocados. 
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