This summer, the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa was found in Corsica. There is great concern about the damage it could cause to the island’s shrubs and trees. INRA researchers are taking part in control efforts.
Bacteria use hitherto-undescribed pathways and a newly discovered enzyme family to synthesize complex antibiotics from simple amino acids. These are the surprising results of a collaborative study recently published in Nature Communications that was carried out by INRA researchers and their colleagues at the University of Michigan.This discovery has pharmacological implications, namely because it could help scientists design new antibiotics.
Maria Razzauti, a post-doctoral researcher at INRA Montpellier, received a French national L'Oréal-UNESCO fellowship of 20,000 euros within the framework of the For Women in Science programme. The prestigious award will allow her to pursue research on infectious diseases transmitted to humans by undomesticated animals.