The Derbyshire lab has recently published a communication in Chembiochem investigating coculture growth dynamics of bacteria isolated from Anopheles mosquitoes, the main vector for the transmission of malaria. Analysis of growth interactions between a dominant microbiome species, Elizabethkingia anophelis, and other mosquito-associated bacteria reveals that E. anophelis inhibits a Pseudomonas sp. through an antimicrobial-independent mechanism. Further examination identifies a heme-degrading enzyme as an upregulated and potentially important competition factor in this bipartite interaction. Read more here.