Science Teaching Goes Viral: Alternative Course Increases Undergraduate Retention

WASHINGTON, DC – February 4, 2014 – An alternative approach to the traditional introductory laboratory course at the undergraduate level significantly increases student retention rates, according to research published in mBioÒ the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Salmonella Infection Mitigates Asthma: Research Could Lead to Treatments

WASHINGTON, DC – January 23, 2014 – Researchers from Germany have identified the mechanism by which Salmonella infections can reduce the incidence of asthma in mice.  The research,which appears ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity, opens up new avenues of research that could lead to treatments.

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Special Yeast Reduce Alcohol, Improve Wine

WASHINGTON, DC – January 16, 2014 – A team of Australian researchers has taken a giant step towards controlling a growing problem in the wine community.   They have identified special yeast that produce a lower level of alcohol, helping to preserve the flavor. Their research is published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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Pathogenic Plant Virus Jumps to Honeybees

WASHINGTON, DC – January 21, 2014 – A viral pathogen that typically infects plants has been found in honeybees and could help explain their decline. Researchers working in the U.S. and Beijing, China report their findings in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Food Processors Beware: Salmonella Biofilms Incredibly Resistant to Powerful Disinfectants

WASHINGTON, DC – January 15, 2014 – Once Salmonella bacteria get into a food processing facility and have an opportunity to form a biofilm on surfaces, it is likely to be extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, to kill it, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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