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Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered why a lethal superbug is so resistant to the last line antibiotic meaning potential treatments could now be developed to fight the killer infection. The research carried out by Professor Jose Bengoechea, Director at the Centre for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, and his team unveiled the molecular mechanisms preventing the treatment of klebsiella pneumonia.

A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA according to scientists. Researchers at UEA and JIC which is strategically funded by BBSRC have discovered a new member of the Streptomyces bacteria family, isolated from the African fungus-growing plant-ant Tetraponera penzigi.

Three new multidisciplinary projects involving collaborations between academic and industry partners have been recommended for funding of a share of £1M to carry out research to stimulate technological advances that can deliver healthy nutrition for consumers. The grants were funded by the Research Councils UK's ‘Priming Food Partnerships’ initiative which is supported by four councils: BBSRC, MRC, EPSRC and ESRC.