University of Dundee

"New tricks for an old microbe: exploring developmental innovations in Streptomyces venezuelae"

Event Date: 
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:00
Event Location: 
Microsoft Teams
Host: 
Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall FRSE FRSB FEAM
Event Speaker: 
Professor Marie Elliott
Institution: 
Department of Biology McMaster University, Canada
Event Type: 
Seminar
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Abstract

Bacteria of the Streptomyces genus make their home in the dirt, where they have to battle for survival with millions of other microbes. These finely honed microbial masters have an amazing multicellular life cycle and produce an arsenal of compounds that can be used to communicate with - or kill - other microbes. They are the source of most of our antibiotics. Our work on these fascinating bacteria covers everything from antibiotic production and RNA-based gene regulation, to multicellular development and microbial community interactions.