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One of my favorite activities is talking about new research at dinner parties/the pub/family gatherings/the bus stop/anywhere I happen to be. If I had the time, I would keep a blog where I turn all of these conversations into posts with appropriate references and some novel insights. I don't, but will still try!

Britt Koskella
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  • February 13, 2013
  • 06:31 PM
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Evolution happens, and it matters.

by B Koskella in Nature's microcosm

Whether it’s microbes, plants, or animals, there is no question as to whether populations evolve in response to the environment they are in and the species with which they are interacting. Evolution happened, is happening, and will continue to happen. ... Read more »

Pérez-Cobas AE, Gosalbes MJ, Friedrichs A, Knecht H, Artacho A, Eismann K, Otto W, Rojo D, Bargiela R, von Bergen M.... (2012) Gut microbiota disturbance during antibiotic therapy: a multi-omic approach. Gut. PMID: 23236009  

Wakamoto Y, Dhar N, Chait R, Schneider K, Signorino-Gelo F, Leibler S, & McKinney JD. (2013) Dynamic persistence of antibiotic-stressed mycobacteria. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6115), 91-5. PMID: 23288538  

  • December 26, 2012
  • 05:11 PM
  • 380 views

Tree disease of the month: Ash dieback

by B Koskella in Nature's microcosm

If you’re living in the UK or elsewhere in Europe, then you’ve already heard about the scary new disease of ash trees, known here as Ash dieback or in France as “Chalarose.” Like many tree diseases that have devastated forests, this one is caused by a fungus, Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus (anamorph: Chalara fraxinea [1]). According to the Forestry Commission, the fungus was introduced in February 2012 by import of infected trees from a nursery in the Netherlands to one in B........ Read more »

  • December 20, 2012
  • 05:31 AM
  • 284 views

Your body is a microbeland

by B Koskella in Nature's microcosm

Some people think of their bodies as a temple, others as a wonderland. Me, I think of mine as a petri dish. I am a long-term experiment on microbial community dynamics – with plenty of drama! Love stories, betrayal, war and peace. You name it; it’s going on in here somewhere.... Read more »

Smillie CS, Smith MB, Friedman J, Cordero OX, David LA, & Alm EJ. (2011) Ecology drives a global network of gene exchange connecting the human microbiome. Nature, 480(7376), 241-4. PMID: 22037308  

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