My reseach group is based at UEA, which is on the Norwich Research Park in the east of England. We study filamentous actinomycete bacteria, including Streptomyces species, that live in the soil and make lots of 'secondary metabolites'. Most of the antibiotics and anticancer compounds used in human medicine are made from these secondary metabolites. We want to understand why bacteria make secondary metabolites and how they are used by plants and insects use them to defend themselves against disease. We also discover new antibiotics from bacteria that live in symbiosis with plants and insects and we hope that one day they might be used to combat drug resistant infections.

Here are some short films we made to explain our research on leafcutter ants and antibiotics. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Last updated 1st November 2018. Contact: or @MattHutchings10

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