Tag Bacteriology

UW alum masterminding next generation data storage: A solution to the datapocalypse?

March 11, 2019

In a meeting at the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Wisconsin School of Business, Hyunjun Park said the device will hold digital information in DNA – life’s evolution-perfected “data storage” molecule.

Radiation-resistant E. coli evolved in the lab give view into DNA repair

February 26, 2019

Scientists in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry are blasting E. coli bacteria with ionizing radiation once a week to watch evolution happen in real time as the bacteria become radiation resistant.

Gene-editing tool now being used to develop better antibiotics

January 11, 2019

Jason Peters and colleagues have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to study which genes are targeted by particular antibiotics, providing clues on how to improve existing antibiotics or develop new ones.

‘Foray’ draws scientists to Wisconsin in search of mushrooms, fellowship

November 20, 2018

Now in its 44th year, the Smith Lake States Mycological Foray gathers mushroom experts to collect samples, share mycological gossip and debate the evolution of these enigmatic organisms.

Set in amber, fossil ants help reconstruct evolution of fungus farming

October 1, 2018

New UW–Madison research makes it clear that the constant threat of crop parasites repeatedly pushed evolution in ants in strikingly similar directions, creating structures that helped the ants reinforce their partnership with bacteria.

An ocean apart, carnivorous pitcher plants create similar communities

August 28, 2018

Asian pitchers transplanted to Massachusetts bogs can mimic the living communities of natives so well that the pitcher plant mosquito — a specialized insect that evolved to complete its life cycle exclusively in North American pitchers — lays eggs in the impostors, new research shows.

Corn that acquires its own nitrogen identified, reducing need for fertilizer

August 7, 2018

The corn secretes copious globs of mucus-like gel harboring bacteria that convert atmospheric nitrogen into a usable form, answering a longtime quest of scientists.

Searching the sea, and bacterial battles, for new antibiotics

June 6, 2018

Researchers in pharmacy and bacteriology say their discovery would not have been possible without a cross-college collaboration going back nearly a decade.

UW wins $7 million grant to wean crops from nitrogen fertilizers

October 3, 2017

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the University of Florida will use a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study how some plants partner with bacteria to create usable nitrogen and to transfer this ability to the bioenergy crop poplar.

New book gives personal account of pioneering Yellowstone research

April 28, 2017

In a new book, “A Scientist in Yellowstone National Park”, UW–Madison Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology Tom Brock has written a personal account of life as a field researcher.

Bacteriology professor Jade Wang named HHMI Faculty Scholar

September 22, 2016

Jue “Jade” Wang, an associate professor of bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholar.