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A child eating cucmber

17th November 2023

Healthy eating for children; food and nutrition tips

Children grow rapidly and life with young children can be hectic juggling school runs, after school activities and everything else in between. It can be difficult to know if your child is getting everything they need to support their growth and development. Here we...

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A cappuccino in a Quadram Institute branded mug

8th November 2023

Polyphenols to plant-based milks; the nutritional contents of a cappuccino

Coffee is the most popular beverage in the UK with the number of regular coffee drinkers overtaking regular tea drinkers for the first time ever in the UK in 2023. Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research shows that an average of...

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The Quadram Student Forum committee members in the Quadram atrium

3rd November 2023

What is the Quadram Student Forum?

The Quadram Student Forum, also known as the QSF, is a committee that represents the postgraduate students at the Quadram Institute. We organise a variety of socials and scientific discussion-focused events. We collaborate with the other student bodies on the Norwich Research Park, and...

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A microscopy image coloured orange showing cylindrical shaped microbes

27th October 2023

A friendly gut bacteria; introducing Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron

Our gut is home to a complex community of over 100 trillion microorganisms that form a mutually beneficial relationship with us. Specific species of bacteria are more abundant in our gut. Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, or Bt for short, is a bacterium that dominates our intestinal...

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A Hand holds a red petri dish

20th October 2023

More than MRSA; the diversity of Staphylococcus bacteria

Staphylococci bacteria are everywhere. They can be found on humans from our heads to our toes, on our cats and dogs, all the way to the sausages in your fridge. Their name comes from their grape like appearance under the microscope , with staphle...

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Saccharomyces cerevisiae under a scanning electron microscope

13th October 2023

Introducing Saccharomyces cerevisiae; the best-known yeast in the world

For most of my scientific career, my research has focused on yeasts. Firstly, those associated with food and beverage spoilage, then characterising species found in a diverse variety of contrasting habitats including Ecuadorian cloud forests and Antarctic glaciers, and most recently yeasts resident in...

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Wholegrain brown bread

9th October 2023

The complexity of the science of Ultra Processed Foods

“Our research, together with other groups around the world, is increasingly demonstrating the importance of the structure of our food upon its nutritional impact. The structure affects if and how nutrients are made available during digestion, how quickly they are digested, how rapidly they...

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A microscopy image of fungi in the gut

6th October 2023

What fungi live in the gut? Meet the gut mycobiome

Our gastrointestinal tract is teeming with microbes. The community of microbes that live in our gut, known as the gut microbiome, is crucial to our health and mental well-being. The gut microbiome is comprised of archaea, bacteria, viruses and fungi. While we know lots...

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Spiral shaped Camplyobacter cells in blue, among large pink cells

29th September 2023

Campylobacter; A tiny bacterium with a big impact

Campylobacter, despite its significant impact on food safety and public health, remains relatively unknown. While we often hear about foodborne illnesses caused by more familiar microbes like Salmonella or E. coli, Campylobacter tends to be under the radar of the consumers consciousness. Campylobacter bacteria...

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Desulfovibrio diazotrophica

22nd September 2023

A nitrogen-fixing bacterium in the gut microbiome; introducing Desulfovibrio diazotrophicus

Let me introduce you to a star of our story – Desulfovibrio diazotrophicus, a sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB). We’ve also recently found that it can fix nitrogen too. A complex role in health Sulfate-reducing bacteria are found in oxygen-depleted environments, such as deep-sea vents, marine...

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