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About Jesse Noar



I'm a microbiology PhD from North Carolina State University who finds microbes continually fascinating. I'm working on ways to see just how good for us bacteria can be, and in order to share my enthusiasm for discoveries made by others or myself, I created BacterioFiles.

Back in early 2009 when science podcasts first caught my interest, I looked around to see if I could find any up-to-date podcasts that were focused on microbiology. There were a few, but they mostly seemed to focus on the negative aspects of bacteria or viruses that cause disease. I wanted news about how important bacteria and other microbes are, in our bodies, in the environment, and even in our technology, as well as how interesting and diverse they can be. So my path was clear: I had to fill the niche.

That path led to the creation of BacterioFiles, the podcast for microbe lovers, dedicated to promoting the exploration of the mostly-invisible world that is all around us.

Beneficial microbes defend roundworms against a pathogen and pressure it to evolve to cause less disease.

Tiny crustaceans eat paramecia, allowing viruses to infect algae inside them.

Fungus-eating flies transfer viruses that help make fungi less harmful to plants.

Probiotic bacteria prevent deadly infections in mice with serious burns.

Bacteria in finger millet roots create special killing traps for damaging fungi.

Tiny super-resistant animals, tardigrades, make proteins that can directly shield DNA from radiation.

Cyanide-producing bacteria help plants grow, not by harming pathogens but by freeing up nutrients.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:56

Lichens' Little Lodgers - BacterioFiles 290

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I'm back! This episode: Lichens, long known to be a partnership between fungi and algae, now discovered to have an important third member!

Monday, 13 March 2017 08:54

Novozymes' Nathan Cude - BacterioFiles Special

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An interview with Dr. Nathan Cude, team leader at Novozymes BioAg Alliance, working on finding and bringing to market soil microbes that can help crops grow.

Great apes' specific gut microbe communities have been with us for millions of years.