Listen: Are mycoplasmas the simplest free-living organisms?

The apparent simplicity of tiny mycoplasma bacteria belies their complex relationship with their hosts and their importance as chronic pathogens of animals and plants, says Professor Glenn Browning in this online seminar recording.

This has led to their use as model organisms for biological studies, the most recent being the development of the first synthetic organism, Mycoplasma laboratorium (or Synthia).

Professor Glenn Browning
Professor Glenn Browning, Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Animal Health.

Under Professor Browning’s leadership, the Asia Pacific Centre for Animal Health has been studying important pathogenic mycoplasmas of domestic animals, with the aim of better understanding the epidemiology and pathogenesis of the diseases they cause and developing diagnostic and preventative solutions to control them.

These studies have shown how a comprehensive approach can yield both improved understanding of fundamental biology as well as economic solutions for international agriculture.

This event was part of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences’ Dean’s Research Seminars. Professor John Fazakerley, Dean of the Faculty, chaired the seminar.

The Dean’s Research Seminars aim to showcase the breadth, aims, importance and impact of research being undertaken across the Faculty to a non-specialist audience. They are open to all staff and students.

You can watch or listen to Professor Browning’s online seminar below. His slides are available here.

Professor Browning has been a member of staff at the University of Melbourne’s veterinary faculty since 1991. He is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Animal Health, a Chief Investigator at the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) and the Director (Research) in the Melbourne Veterinary School.

His research interests include the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis treatment, prevention and control of bacterial and viral diseases of domestic animals and antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary practice.

Banner image: Professor Glenn Browning with other Parkville-based members of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health.