Microbiology Today November 2002

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In this issue of your award-winning magazine, we take to the water and look at aspects of marine microbiology.

Fishy tales from Brian Austin cover the incidence, diagnosis and control of the ever-increasing range of infectious diseases that affect fish. Humans as well as fish can be at risk from harmful micro-organisms if untreated sewage is discharged into the sea. Keith Jones describes the strict legislation that protects bathing water quality and outlines problems that may prove hard to resolve.

What's going on under the waves? Plankton is at the base of the marine food web and some of it forms macroaggregates which sink to the seabed. This 'marine snow' plays an important role in the ecological cycles of the oceans, as Carol Turley sets out. Some types of phytoplankton develop into blooms. The effects of the harmful ones are described by Robin Raine , whilst Willie Wilson explores the range of viruses that infect marine eukaryotic plankton.

The planktonic foraminifera are an important part of the zooplankton, and their calcitic shells, preserved in the ocean sediments, form one of the most complete fossil records on earth. Chris Wade and Kate Darling explain how they can be used as indicators of climate change.

Luminous marine bacteria can cause fish to glow and algal blooms to shine. Peter Herring explains the mechanism of bioluminescence and some of its applications. Marine biotechnology generally is at an exciting phase and a new European Centre opens shortly in Scotland as Graham Shimmield and David Green describe.

The UK government has a new policy to combat infectious disease. Geoffrey Schild gives it the once over in 'Comment'.


Hot off the Press [Acrobat PDF] highlights some new developments in microbiological research published in the Society's journals - Microbiology, Journal of General Virology and International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. Topics covered include:
  • A new weapon in the war against TB
  • The fight against measles
  • Bacterial clock-watching
  • A peach of a new species
  • Transmission of prion disease by blood transfusion
  • Turbot-charged systematics
  • When is a pathogen not a pathogen?
  • A new look for the SGM journals

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Last updated 29 May 2003