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Leafcutter Ants and their Antibiotics

New funding from NERC

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) just awarded us £1M to address the following problem: Partner choice: How does a host select and control its microbiome? We are very grateful to NERC for consistently supporting this research through responsive mode funding and funding for outreach and impact. The latest grant will be used to employ research staff in Matt Hutchings lab...
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Public events

We'll be taking part in the Antibiotic Hunters exhibit with the John Innes Centre in November and our application to take the same exhibit to the Big Bang Science fair next year has also been accepted. The ants are going on tour!
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A week of inspirational science

What an amazing time we all had at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition . Honour, pride and privilege are all words that spring immediately to mind but most all it was inspiring to see the quality of the science on offer, to be in the hallowed halls of the Royal Society building and to meet such enthusiastic and engaged members of the public, including lots of UEA Alumni. I love...
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Tracking down leafcutter ants: Mission impossible?

This blog was written by Tabitha Innocent and is repoduced with kind permision of Microbleog : You're in the rainforest. Its 30 degrees plus hot and humid, you're sweating from every pore, and you have a very specific goal: to find leafcutter ants. On first appearances this seems a lot like finding a needle in a haystack… Before you head out you need to grab a selection of digging...
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UEA team present ‘Leafcutter Ants and their Antibiotics’ at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

A team of scientists from the University of East Anglia will be presenting their research into ‘Leafcutter Ants and their Antibiotics’ at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2014 this summer. Dr Matt Hutchings and his team of scientists at the University of East Anglia are examining underexplored environments such as the deep sea and leafcutter ant nests in the hope they will...
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