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Exploring how a hazardous fungal pathogen ‘tastes’ its surroundings within a wheat plant to coordinate virulence could be the key to developing new control strategies, scientists believe. Researchers at the University of Bath and Rothamsted Research have been examining how “fungal G-protein coupled receptors”, which are similar to taste receptors on our tongues, are involved in promoting Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) – a damaging and hazardous disease of wheat which is the number one floral disease in cereals globally.


An international team of scientists, led by the University of Glasgow, have announced a new advance in our understanding of how bacteria in our gut can provide positive health benefits. Published today in Nature Chemical Biology, these breakthrough findings provide evidence that it may be possible to design drugs that can mimic these positive health benefits in a way that might be used to treat diseases such as type II diabetes.


The shortlisted finalists for the 2019 BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition have been announced. The 12 finalists will compete to be named Innovator of the Year 2019 at the Science Museum in London on 15 May 2019.


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