Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WCMR Member, Philippe Van Cappellen discovers microbial factors that affect redox potential in nature

WCMR Member, Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen of the Ecohydrology Research group, along his co-authors, recently discovered that microbial exudates, in particular flavins, released by bacteria play a hand in the changes in trends in the redox potential observed in natural waters.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

The WCMR joins the Phytobiomes Alliance

The Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research joined the the Phytobiomes Alliance today in an effort to support sustainable agriculture. The Phytobiomes Alliance is an industry-academic collaborative effort focused on accelerating the sustainable production of food. The WCMR is currently being represented by its director, Trevor Charles.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Shannon Majowicz awarded CIHR grant

Shannon Majowicz, member of the WCMR and professor at the school of Public Health and Public Health Systems, University of Waterloo, has been awarded funding by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to study the economic and health risks associated with foodborne diseases.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Scientists discover a new type of Botox

Scientists have discovered a new type of Botox.

A new source of the botulinum neurotoxin was discovered by Canadian and American scientists including WCMR member Andrew Doxey in a strain of animal gut bacteria known as Enterococcus faecium. The neurotoxic protein is known for its paradoxical ability to remove wrinkles yet cause botulism, a potentially fatal illness associated with food poisoning.

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