Discovering new antibiotics from ants

Bacteria which live on the surface of leaf-cutter ants discovered in the tropics produce an exciting array of antibiotics. These antibiotics are new to science and have exciting properties not found previously – including the ability to kill bacteria which are otherwise now resistant to other anitbiotics. The breakthrough results from research of Professor Matt Hutchings and his group in the School of Biological Science at UEA and collaboration with Prof Barrie Wilkinson in the Department of Molecular Microbiology at JIC. The results from these studies are described in highly accessible new webpages on UEA’s website via this link http://www.uea.ac.uk/research/brilli-ant.


Earlham institute
Quadram Institute Bioscience
John Innes Centre
The Sainsbury Laboratory
NHS NNUH
University of East Anglia

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