Preprint online!!! Chromatic bacteria - all spectra - three plasmid series - a real tour de force - thanks everyone that was involved http://biorxiv.org/cgi/content/short/402172v1 biorxiv.org/cgi/content/short/402172v1
So, Mo just bought a bag of cat litter - Purrfit - my favourite (no commercial interest). This is a truly fast adjustment to the NZ number 8 wire mentality. If life doesn't give you calcined clay from the US - buy something your cat usually does its business in.
That was fun! We took the 200-lvl microbiology course to have a look at the waste-water treatment plant in Bromley. Many thanks Adam for being a great tour guide.
Also, the gorgeous weather helped to enjoy the sight. It was a lot less smelly than I imagined.
Woah - so it did work out in the end - together with the group of Christian Ahrens, Agroscope, Switzerland, we had a beautiful study accepted in Nucleic acid research. The preprint can be found here: "Pushing the limits of de novo genome assembly for complex prokaryotic genomes harboring very long, near identical repeats." BioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/300186
Thanks for the great collaboration Christian!
So Rudolf seems to binge-watch the Great British Bake off (or similar) these days, which is why he brought a huge plate of leaf-shaped biscuits for his birthday - and check it out, all of them are colonised by coloured bacteria. What fun :-) also delicious ! Happy Birthday Rudolf!!!
Remnants of the last postdoc: "Conjugation dynamics of self-transmissible and mobilisable plasmids into E. coli O157:H7 on Arabidopsis thaliana rosettes" can now be found at BioRvix and is under review elsewhere.
Go Moritz!!! Right after setting his feet onto NZ soil, Moritz was offered an University of Canterbury PhD scholarship.
Rudolf will be this weeks ambassador for "study in New Zealand" on Instagram. We should all follow him and his adventures :)