News from the NRP Strategic Alliances and NRP research partners

Blue Haze and Bacteria

Have you ever wondered what causes the blue haze over the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in the USA or the Blue Mountains in Australia? It is caused by a volatile organic compound called isoprene that is released in huge amounts by trees. Isoprene is an interesting trace gas in the atmosphere as it can [Continue reading»]

Microbial Interactions across the Norwich Research Park

Over 100 Early Career Researchers from across the Norwich Research Park came together for a One-Day Workshop on Microbial Interactions organised by the Microbes in Norwich Team and ELSA. The line-up features speakers from UEA, the Earlham Institute, Quadrum Institute of Biosciences, the John Innes Centre and an excellent, diverse range of topics were covered. [Continue reading»]

Dr Laura Lehtovirta-Morley joins Editorial Board of The ISME Journal

Dr Laura Lehtovirta-Morley, our new Dorothy Hodgkin Royal Society Research Fellow in the ELSA lab at UEA has just accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Board of The ISME Journal. The ISME Journal is the premier journal in the field of microbial ecology with an Impact Factor of 9.5 and has recently celebrated 10 [Continue reading»]

Eternal flames and gas seeps in New York State harbour natural gas eaters

A recent survey of natural gas seeps in New York State, which are sometimes known as “Eternal Flames,” has shown that nutritionally diverse, facultative methane oxidising bacteria are highly abundant at these environments. The lead author of this study, recently published in Microbiome, Dr Farhan Ul-Haque has shown that the ability to grow on methane [Continue reading»]

FSBI 2018 conference at the UEA

The Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) held its yearly conference at the UEA in July 2018. The theme was “Sustainable Use and Exploitation of Fishes”, and one of the presenters was Ryan S. Mohammed from the University of the West Indies (UWI) who presented research co-funded by ELSA. Using a host-parasite model system, [Continue reading»]

Royal Society Funding for Research into Global Nitrogen and Carbon Cycling

Congratulations to our new Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, Laura Lehtovirta-Morley who has just secured funding from the Royal Society for funding of two projects entitled “Crosstalk between global biogeochemical cycles and its impact on climate change” and “Resolving a missing biochemical link in the global nitrogen cycle”. These exciting new projects will involve use of [Continue reading»]

Novel allele advantage in guppies

How do the vertebrate immune genes of the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) maintain such extraordinary levels of genetic polymorphisms? This question dates back from the 1970s, and one of the earliest hypotheses suggested a mechanism called “novel allele advantage”. Novel alleles of hosts from distant populations are thought to be better at recognising parasites because [Continue reading»]

Harmful Algal Blooms on the Norfolk Broads

The third annual Stakeholders meeting centred round a Norwich Research Park (NRP) led project to investigate the biology and ecology of the golden alga Prymnesium parvum was held at the John Innes Centre in January 2018. This meeting brought together scientists from across the NRP and stakeholders with interests in the problems of harmful algal [Continue reading»]

Seminar Success for ELSA PhD students

ELSA PhD students scoop up three of the four prizes on offer for the best talks at the Annual Molecular Microbial Ecology Group (MMEG) meeting held at the University of Warwick in December 2017. The MMEG is an annual meeting of early career researchers in microbial ecology run over two days and provides the opportunity [Continue reading»]

Fish provide insight into the evolution of the immune system

New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, and Dalhousie University, Canada, reveals how immune systems can evolve resistance to parasites.
A study, published today in Nature Communications, solves the enigma of how species can adapt and change their immune system to cope with new parasitic threats – whilst at the same time [Continue reading»]

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