Microbiome News at UC Davis

Microbes Make Chemicals for Scent Marking in a Cat

September 13, 2019

By Andy Fell

Domestic cats, like many other mammals, use smelly secretions from anal sacs to mark territory and communicate with other animals. A new study from the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis, shows that many odiferous compounds from a male cat are actually made not by the cat, but by a community of bacteria living in the anal sacs. The work is published Sept. 13 in PLOS ONE

From Yellow-Legged Frogs to Chickpeas: Graduate Students Receive Funding for Wide Range of Microbiome Research Topics

August 26, 2019

By Jose Franco

The UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Microbiome Graduate Research Award. A total of fifteen graduate students were selected for the award out of thirty-six applications. Each awarded proposal will receive $1,000 to help with costs related to their microbiome research. 

The Microbiome Graduate Research Award was designed to support graduate students with costs associated with their microbiome research such as core services, sequencing, microbiome data analysis, publication costs or travel.