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Cover: Pseudomonas aeruginosa colony biofilm

(with extracellular matrix stained red),

by Scott Chimileski

TheBiologist

THE MAGAZINE OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF BIOLOGY www.rsb.org.uk

Vol 68 No 2 • Summer 2021

VOLUME 68 NO 2 Summer 2021

Breaking down barriers

To deal with AMR and pandemics, we need to understand biofilms

INSIDE

BIOLOGICAL RECORDING THE POWER OF CITIZEN SCIENCE BOOK EXTRACT

THE STORY OF FLAVOUR AND HUMAN EVOLUTION

CONSERVATION PROTECTING BATS

IN UK CHURCHES

PLUS LYNX: COMING TO WOODS NEAR YOU?

ON THE COVER 18 Busting biofilms Understanding microbial structures is key to fighting the infections of the future

Contents

30 Bats in the belfry Saving animals and buildings with the Bats in Churches project

26 Interview: Sir David Stuart The Diamond director on the new norm of remote experiments

22 Food, glorious food Extract from Delicious, a book exploring humans’ love of flavour

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UP FRONT 04 Society News The latest on the RSB’s work and its next President

08 Policy news Human-monkey embryos and a science education Q&A

10 Policy analysis Should we reintroduce the lynx to the UK?

FEATURES 12 Record takers How we can all do our bit to collect biological data

16 On record The first of a regular column on biological recording

18 Barrier methods The importance of work to understand biofilms

22 Book extract: Delicious Why did humans evolve to crave richly flavoured food?

26 Interview Sir David Stuart on COVID-19 and synchrotron research

30 Pipistrelles in the pews Protecting church bats and the unique buildings they roost in

REGULARS 34 Members Meet RSB members studying, teaching and volunteering 38 Book reviews 42 Branches 47 Crossword 48 Museum piece Paleolab, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh

Vol 68 No 2 / THE BIOLOGIST / 1

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