Matters Microbial #38: Microbes, cheese, and Brie-ond!

May 2, 2024

Today, Dr. Rachel Dutton, Science Resident at the Astera Institute in Berkeley, California, joins the #QualityQuorum to discuss the complex (and tasty) microbial communities responsible for cheese as a model system for microbial interactions, as well as her interesting path through science.

Host: Mark O. Martin

Guest: Rachel Dutton

Download MM#38 (51 MB .mp3, 71 min)
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  • An introduction to the idea of sociomicrobiology.
  • A more technical review of sociomicrobiology.
  • Another more recent technical review of sociomicrobiology. 
  • A popular introduction to the ideas behind microbiology and cheesemaking.
  • An article about cheese microbes.
  • An article about viewing fermented foods like cheese as a way to study microbial ecosystems.
  • Evidence for horizontal gene transfer within cheese microbial communities.
  • A wonderful video about cheese microbiology.
  • A video by Dr. Dutton about her work in cheese microbiology.
  • A more recent (2023) video from Dr. Dutton about her cheese community research.
  • Dr. Dutton’s website on cheese microbiology.
  • Dr. Ben Wolfe’s website on cheese microbiology.
  • A podcast with Dr. Dutton from ASM.
  • A popular article about Dr. Dutton’s work with cheese microbiology.
  • Dr. Dutton’s Wikipedia page!
  • An overview of Arcadia Science.
  • An overview of the Astera Institute.
  • Dr. Dutton’s site at Astera. 

Intro music is by Reber Clark

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