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A New Molecular Machine Required for Bacterial Development into Spores

Funding: 2019: $142,000
2020: $142,000
2021: $131,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2019

Summary: A new molecular machine required for bacterial development into spores. This project aims to provide new knowledge on how bacteria produce dormant, stress-resistant cells called spores, and how bacteria transport molecules across their cellular layers to execute biological functions. Spores can act as a source of new and recurring infections in many bacterial pathogens. This project expects to reveal molecular details on a new class of nanomachines required for spore development. The new knowledge generated may expand the arsenal of molecular targets required to develop strategies interfering with spore formation. This provides a platform from which industry could attract investment for exploring innovative strategies for controlling bacteria.

FOR Codes: Bacteriology, Microbial Genetics, Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences, Bacteriology , Microbial genetics