Featured blog: Looking for the needle in a haystack – or how to find mycobacterial DNA in animal tissue samples

To mark World Tuberculosis Day, Shari Fell discusses her research, recently published in BMC Microbiology, that uses new magnetic capture technology to improve the detection of bovine TB in both cattle and wild deer

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Featured article: Dominant bacterial phyla in caves and their predicted functional roles in C and N cycle

Bacteria constitute the major portion of the cave biodiversity and play a key role in maintaining the cave ecosystem. Bacteria present in caves often survive by modifying their metabolic pathway or other mechanism. The present study utilised Illumina sequencing along with bioinformatics analysis to reveal the essential ecological role of cave bacterial communities in India. These results will be useful in documenting the biospeleology of this region and the systematic understanding of bacterial communities in natural sediment environments as well.

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Aims and scope

BMC Microbiology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on analytical and functional studies of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, viruses and small parasites, as well as host and therapeutic responses to them and their interaction with the environment.


  • Alexandros Houssein, BioMed Central

Section Editors

  • Stéphane Aymerich, INRA
  • Ralf Heermann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet
  • Igor Mokrousov, St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute
  • Hirotada Mori, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • David Nelson, University of Rhode Island
  • Marco Ventura, University of Parma
  • Raffaele Zarrilli, Università di Napoli Federico II
  • Jizhong Zhou, University of Oklahoma