Matters Microbial #10: Bacterial fight club

October 6, 2023

Today Dr. David Baltrus, Associate Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona, talks with us about how his laboratory studies bacteria that battle one another; the first rule of this fight club is that EVERYONE talks about Microbial Fight Club.

Host: Mark O. Martin

Guest: David Baltrus

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  • Dr. Baltrus’ laboratory website can be found here.

Intro music is by Reber Clark

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