The FEMSmicro Monthly: June

Friday, 05 July 2024 09:04
As member of the ÖGMBT you are automatically also member of the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS).   Dear member,   Welcome to the June edition of the FEMSmicro monthly newsletter! This month, we are excited to spotlight several Thematic Issues in our FEMS Journals, including Viruses of Microbes, Ecology of Soils 2024, and Modulating the Environment with Microbes. Explore the latest #FEMSmicroBlog articles and hear from members of the FEMS community as they dive into all aspects of microbiology, from microbes hitchhiking on plastics in our oceans to which microbes are in your cider? In community news, we welcome a new FEMS Ambassador, highlight the ASM-FEMS Mäkelä-Cassell Travel Award 2024 selected nominee, and announce the opening of the Editor-in-Chief role for FEMS Microbiology Letters. Join us as we explore these vibrant developments and more in the field of microbiology! All the best, The FEMS Team      …

Nachruf Helmut Schwab

Friday, 05 July 2024 02:08
Univ.-Prof.i.R. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Helmut Schwab 16.05.1950 – 24.06.2024   Mit großer Betroffenheit gibt die ÖGMBT das Ableben ihres langjährigen Mitglieds Univ.-Prof.i.R. Dipl. Ing. Dr. Helmut Schwab bekannt.   Helmut Schwab wurde am 16. Mai 1950 in Kapfenberg geboren und studierte an der TU Graz Technische Chemie. Nach Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeiten in der Industrie kehrte Helmut an die TU Graz zurück, habilitierte 1988 für Biotechnologie unter spezieller Berücksichtigung der Gentechnik, absolvierte mittels eines Fulbright-Stipendiums einen Forschungsaufenthalt in den USA und etablierte erstmals molekularbiologische Methoden an der TU Graz. Seine legendäre Mikroben Genetik Vorlesung begeisterte Generationen von Studierenden für die Molekularbiologie. An der Etablierung der NAWI Graz Studien „Molekularbiologie“ und „Molekulare Biotechnologie“ hatte er wesentlichen Anteil.   Als Professor des neu gegründeten Institutes für Molekulare Biotechnologie der TU Graz war Helmut maßgeblich an der Einwerbung und Durchführung es FWF-geförderten SFB "Biocatalysis", des darauf aufbauenden Kompetenzzentrums "Applied Biocatalysis" sowie schließlich an der Gründung…
An international team of artists and scientists is creating a graphic novel to tell the story of the forgotten woman who introduced agar (and its derivative, agarose) to the life sciences, Fanny Angelina Hesse (1850-1934). The story will present the historical context and present significance of agar and its uses. A major source will be new historical material about Fanny Angelina Hesse shared by the great-grandchildren. Please support the team in their Kickstarter campaign, if you can! The Kickstarter campaign will run until 20 July 2024. In a nutshell This project seeks support to create a graphic novel about Fanny Angelina Hesse, the forgotten woman who introduced agar to the life sciences.  Indonesian desserts contain agar (called "agar-agar"), a gelling agent used instead of gelatine Agar (and its derivative, agarose) is used in almost every laboratory in research, medicine, and industry; thanks to agar we have antibiotics and vaccines and…

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