We may not be able to see them with the naked eye, but microbes are all around us, inside and out.
Whether they be bacteria, fungi, archaea, algae or protozoa they show remarkable biology and have an important impact on society.
Here at the John Innes Centre we have a rich history of microbial research and continue to be at the frontiers of pioneering discoveries into this microworld.
In this edition of Advances, we focus on the benefits microbes can bring us and the insights they provide in fundamental biology. We explore how microbes can be used in smart farming, how our
scientists are working to find new antibiotics in the face of antibiotic resistance and how advances in imaging technology are uncovering the secrets of cell division.
Head of our Molecular Microbiology Department, Professor Mark Buttner, reflects on how we support early-career researchers as they transition into group leaders and how this has assisted up-and-coming researchers such as Dr Susan Schlimpert and Dr Tung Le.
Join us as we delve into the world of the microscopic but mighty microbe.