Ecological and evolutionary microbiology

Section edited by Jizhong Zhou

This section aims to publish studies looking at all aspects of ecological and evolutionary microbiology, including microbial ecology, ecosystems, biodiversity, evolution, population genetics, phylogenetics, microbial communities and biofilms, marine and freshwater microbiology.

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  1. Research article

    The nasopharyngeal microbiota of beef cattle before and after transport to a feedlot

    The nasopharyngeal (NP) microbiota plays an important role in bovine health, comprising a rich and diverse microbial community. The nasopharynx is also the niche for potentially pathogenic agents which are ass...

    Devin B. Holman, Edouard Timsit, Samat Amat, D. Wade Abbott, Andre G. Buret and Trevor W. Alexander

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:70

    Published on: 22 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Costs and benefits of natural transformation in Acinetobacter baylyi

    Natural transformation enables acquisition of adaptive traits and drives genome evolution in prokaryotes. Yet, the selective forces responsible for the evolution and maintenance of natural transformation remai...

    Nils Hülter, Vidar Sørum, Kristina Borch-Pedersen, Mikkel M. Liljegren, Ane L. G. Utnes, Raul Primicerio, Klaus Harms and Pål J. Johnsen

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:34

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  3. Researc article

    Do biofilm communities respond to the chemical signatures of fracking? A test involving streams in North-central Arkansas

    Unconventional natural gas (UNG) extraction (fracking) is ongoing in 29 North American shale basins (20 states), with ~6000 wells found within the Fayetteville shale (north-central Arkansas). If the chemical s...

    Wilson H. Johnson, Marlis R. Douglas, Jeffrey A. Lewis, Tara N. Stuecker, Franck G. Carbonero, Bradley J. Austin, Michelle A. Evans-White, Sally A. Entrekin and Michael E. Douglas

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:29

    Published on: 3 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Competition assays and physiological experiments of soil and phyllosphere yeasts identify Candida subhashii as a novel antagonist of filamentous fungi

    While recent advances in next generation sequencing technologies have enabled researchers to readily identify countless microbial species in soil, rhizosphere, and phyllosphere microbiomes, the biological func...

    Maja Hilber-Bodmer, Michael Schmid, Christian H. Ahrens and Florian M. Freimoser

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:4

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  5. Methodology article

    Evaluation of PacBio sequencing for full-length bacterial 16S rRNA gene classification

    Currently, bacterial 16S rRNA gene analyses are based on sequencing of individual variable regions of the 16S rRNA gene (Kozich, et al Appl Environ Microbiol 79:5112–5120, 2013).This short read approach can intro...

    Josef Wagner, Paul Coupland, Hilary P. Browne, Trevor D. Lawley, Suzanna C. Francis and Julian Parkhill

    BMC Microbiology 2016 16:274

    Published on: 14 November 2016

  6. Research article

    Occurrence, diversity and community structure of culturable atrazine degraders in industrial and agricultural soils exposed to the herbicide in Shandong Province, P.R. China

    Soil populations of bacteria rapidly degrading atrazine are critical to the environmental fate of the herbicide. An enrichment bias from the routine isolation procedure prevents studying the diversity of atraz...

    Dmitry P. Bazhanov, Chengyun Li, Hongmei Li, Jishun Li, Xinjian Zhang, Xiangfeng Chen and Hetong Yang

    BMC Microbiology 2016 16:265

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  7. Research article

    Spontaneous mutations in the flhD operon generate motility heterogeneity in Escherichia coli biofilm

    Heterogeneity and niche adaptation in bacterial biofilm involve changes to the genetic makeup of the bacteria and gene expression control. We hypothesized that i) spontaneous mutations in the flhD operon can eith...

    Shelley M. Horne, Joseph Sayler, Nicholas Scarberry, Meredith Schroeder, Ty Lynnes and Birgit M. Prüß

    BMC Microbiology 2016 16:262

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  8. Research article

    Comparison of antibiotic resistant Escherichia coli obtained from drinking water sources in northern Tanzania: a cross-sectional study

    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing and significant threat to public health on a global scale. Escherichia coli comprises Gram-negative, fecal-borne pathogenic and commensal bacteria that are frequently a...

    Beatus Lyimo, Joram Buza, Murugan Subbiah, Woutrina Smith and Douglas R. Call

    BMC Microbiology 2016 16:254

    Published on: 3 November 2016

  9. Research article

    Microbiota of wild-caught Red Snapper Lutjanus campechanus

    The microbiota plays an essential role in host health, particularly through competition with opportunistic pathogens. Changes in total bacterial load and microbiota structure can indicate early stages of disea...

    Andrea M. Tarnecki, William F. Patterson and Covadonga R. Arias

    BMC Microbiology 2016 16:245

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  10. Research article

    A novel uncultured heterotrophic bacterial associate of the cyanobacterium Moorea producens JHB

    Filamentous tropical marine cyanobacteria such as Moorea producens strain JHB possess a rich community of heterotrophic bacteria on their polysaccharide sheaths; however, these bacterial communities have not y...

    Susie L. Cummings, Debby Barbé, Tiago Ferreira Leao, Anton Korobeynikov, Niclas Engene, Evgenia Glukhov, William H. Gerwick and Lena Gerwick

    BMC Microbiology 2016 16:198

    Published on: 30 August 2016

  11. Research article

    PCR detection of Burkholderia multivorans in water and soil samples

    Although semi-selective growth media have been developed for the isolation of Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria from the environment, thus far Burkholderia multivorans has rarely been isolated from such sampl...

    Charlotte Peeters, Stijn Daenekindt and Peter Vandamme

    BMC Microbiology 2016 16:184

    Published on: 12 August 2016

  12. Research article

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis lineages and anti-tuberculosis drug resistance in reference hospitals across Viet Nam

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the tuberculosis (TB) pathogen, despite a low level of genetic diversity, has revealed a high variety of biological and epidemiological characteristics link...

    Van Anh Thi Nguyen, Anne-Laure Bañuls, Thanh Hoa Thi Tran, Kim Lien Thi Pham, Thai Son Nguyen, Hung Van Nguyen, Ngoc Lan Thi Nguyen, Nam Lien Thi Nguyen, Duc Anh Dang, Guy B. Marks and Marc Choisy

    BMC Microbiology 2016 16:167

    Published on: 28 July 2016

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