Recent News

Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00

A new international collaboration

The Metabolomics Lab establishes a collaboration with the University of Conception, Chile

The Metabolomics Lab has established a new international collaboration with the University of Concepcion in Chile, for research on new biological fungicides.

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Monday, 03 February 2014 00:00

Dr Silas Villas-Boas promoted to Associate Professor

Dr Silas Villas-Boas, head of the Metabolomics Laboratory, has recently been promoted to Associate Professor at the School of Biological Sciences.




Sunday, 03 November 2013 14:45

Biotelliga and the Metabolomics Lab

Exciting results of research collaboration between Biotelliga and the Metabolomics Lab are reported in the October 2013 issue of Evolve:


Could this bio-innovation partnership lead to a pesticide-free food chain?

Bio-control exploration, research and commercialisation are the drivers of a successful partnership between the University of Auckland, UniServices and Biotelliga.

Biotelliga creates commercial bio-control plant and crop solutions that are harmless and have favourable toxicity profiles. These can replace harmful pesticides which growers spray on crops to control insects and fungi. Its vision is crystal clear: to rid our food chain of chemical pesticides which potentially expose humans to disease.

Read the full article here >>>




Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:53

Candida albicans morphogeneis review article among the most downloaded

Our review article on Candida albicans morphogenesis has been in the top 5 most downloaded articles from the Fungal Genetics and Biology journal during the first half of 2013!

Han, T.; Cannon, R.D.; Villas-Boas, S.G. 2011. The metabolic basis of Candida albicans morphogenesis and quorum sensing. Fungal Genetics & Biology 48: 747–763. Read it here >>>


Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:45

Silas Villas-Boas is director of the CMI

The Centre for Microbial Innovation

Silas Villas-Boas is the acting director of the Centre for Microbial Innovation (CMI).

The CMI brings together a broad group of University of Auckland researchers with expertise in the ecology, function, and practical application of microbial systems and processes, in areas such as food, wine, industrial and medical sectors.

Read more about the CMI here >>>




From The Lab To Industry...


SF7489 Biological Fungicide

Starting life as a food colouring candidate, this novel metabolite from a unique strain of Epiccocum purpurascens has excellent efficacy against a broad range of phytopathogenic filamentous fungi, and potential pharmaceutical uses. More >>>

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