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Applied microbiology

This section aims to publish studies relating to the application of microbiology, including environmental applications, soil degradation and bioremediation, food safety and degradation, and probiotics.

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  1. Access to safe water for drinking and domestic activities remains a challenge in emerging economies like South Africa, forcing resource-limited communities to use microbiologically polluted river water for per...

    Authors: Joshua Mbanga, Akebe Luther King Abia, Daniel Gyamfi Amoako and Sabiha. Y. Essack

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:346

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  2. An effective environmental sampling method involves the use of a transport/neutralizing broth with the ability to neutralize sanitizer residues that are collected during sampling and to maintain viability of s...

    Authors: Fengmin Li, Zhihan Xian, Hee Jin Kwon, Jiyoon Yoo, Laurel Burall, Stuart J. Chirtel, Thomas S. Hammack and Yi Chen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:333

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  3. Bacillus cereus is a foodborne pathogen commonly found in nature and food and can cause food spoilage and health issues. Although the prevalence of B. cereus in foods has been reported worldwide, the extent of co...

    Authors: Chengcheng Liu, Pengfei Yu, Shubo Yu, Juan Wang, Hui Guo, Ying Zhang, Junhui Zhang, Xiyu Liao, Chun Li, Shi Wu, Qihui Gu, Haiyan Zeng, Youxiong Zhang, Xianhu Wei, Jumei Zhang, Qingping Wu…

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:310

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  4. Olive production is the main agricultural activity in Tunisia. The diversity of fungi was explored in two different olive groves located in two distant geographical zones in Sfax (Tunisia) with different manag...

    Authors: Houda Gharsallah, Ines Ksentini, Sourour Naayma, Karama Hadj Taieb, Nour Abdelhedi, Christina Schuster, Mohamed Ali Triki, Mohieddine Ksantini and Andreas Leclerque

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:307

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  5. Root-knot nematode is one of the most significant diseases of vegetable crops in the world. Biological control with microbial antagonists has been emerged as a promising and eco-friendly treatment to control p...

    Authors: Haiyan Fan, Meiling Yao, Haiming Wang, Di Zhao, Xiaofeng Zhu, Yuanyuan Wang, Xiaoyu Liu, Yuxi Duan and Lijie Chen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:299

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  6. Asiatic Citrus Canker, caused by Xanthomonas citri pv. citri, severely impacts citrus production worldwide and hampers international trade. Considerable regulatory procedures have been implemented to prevent the ...

    Authors: Isabelle Robène, Véronique Maillot-Lebon, Aude Chabirand, Aurélie Moreau, Nathalie Becker, Amal Moumène, Adrien Rieux, Paola Campos, Lionel Gagnevin, Myriam Gaudeul, Claudia Baider, Fréderic Chiroleu and Olivier Pruvost

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:296

    Content type: Methodology article

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  7. Methylxanthines, including caffeine, theobromine and theophylline, are natural and synthetic compounds in tea, which could be metabolized by certain kinds of bacteria and fungi. Previous studies confirmed that...

    Authors: Binxing Zhou, Cunqiang Ma, Chengqin Zheng, Tao Xia, Bingsong Ma and Xiaohui Liu

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:269

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  8. Acetic acid has been used to clean and disinfect surfaces in the household for many decades. The antimicrobial efficacy of cleaning procedures can be considered particularly important for young, old, pregnant,...

    Authors: Marc-Kevin Zinn and Dirk Bockmühl

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:265

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  9. Glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored glycoproteins have diverse intrinsic functions in yeasts, and they also have different uses in vitro. In this study, the functions of potential GPI proteins in Pichia p...

    Authors: Pan Wang, Ying Lin, Chengjuan Zou, Fengguang Zhao, Shuli Liang, Suiping Zheng and Shuangyan Han

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:262

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  10. Staphylococcus epidermidis is the leading coagulase negative staphylococci (CoNS) species associated with healthcare associated infections. In order to de-escalate antimicrobial therapy, isolates of S. epidermidi...

    Authors: Benjamin Aubry, Carole Lemarié, Rachel Chenouard, Marie Kempf, Matthieu Eveillard and Hélène Pailhoriès

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:240

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  11. Xylella fastidiosa is one of the most harmful bacterial plant pathogens worldwide, causing a variety of diseases, with huge economic impact to agriculture and environment. Although it has been extensively studied...

    Authors: Aina Baró, Esther Badosa, Laura Montesinos, Lidia Feliu, Marta Planas, Emilio Montesinos and Anna Bonaterra

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:229

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  12. The study aimed to evaluate the influence of the duration times of anaerobic phases on the bacterial biocenosis characterisation while denitrifying dephosphatation in the Integrated Fixed-Film Activated Sludge...

    Authors: Anna Gnida, Monika Żubrowska-Sudoł, Katarzyna Sytek-Szmeichel, Jolanta Podedworna, Joanna Surmacz-Górska and Dorota Marciocha

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:222

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  13. New therapeutics are urgently needed for infectious diseases, especially for the fungal infection like Fonsecaea monophora. Photodynamic therapy has been showing antimicrobial activity on some pathogens. The comb...

    Authors: Xiaowen Huang, Meinian Xu, Wen Pan, Menglei Wang, Xiaoyan Wu, Siqi Dai, Li Li and Kang Zeng

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:196

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  14. Misuse of antibiotics in veterinary medicine has the potential to generate residues in animal derived products, which could contributing to the development of an important health risk either through the exposu...

    Authors: Eman Araby, Hanady G. Nada, Salwa A. Abou El-Nour and Ali Hammad

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:186

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  15. Although reports have provided evidence that diarrhea caused by Folium sennae can result in intestinal microbiota diversity disorder, the intestinal bacterial characteristic and specific mechanism are still unkno...

    Authors: Chenyang Zhang, Haoqing Shao, Dandan Li, Nenqun Xiao and Zhoujin Tan

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:185

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  16. Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) is the causative pathogen of puerperal sepsis in pregnant women and pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis in infants. Infection of GBS is responsible for the increased morbidity in pregn...

    Authors: Yi-Fan Zeng, Chu-Mao Chen, Xiao-Yan Li, Jun-Jiang Chen, Yan-Ge Wang, Shi Ouyang, Tian-Xing Ji, Yong Xia and Xu-Guang Guo

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:179

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  17. The rapid identification of pathogenic bacteria is important for determining an appropriate antimicrobial therapy for pneumonia, but traditional bacterial culture is time-consuming and labourious. The aim of t...

    Authors: Xiuqing Ma, Yanqin Li, Yuan Liang, Yang Liu, Ling Yu, Chunsun Li, Qiqi Liu and Liangan Chen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:177

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  18. Incidences of heat stress due to the changing global climate can negatively affect the growth and yield of temperature-sensitive crops such as soybean variety, Pungsannamul. Increased temperatures decrease cro...

    Authors: Muhammad Aaqil Khan, Sajjad Asaf, Abdul Latif Khan, Rahmatullah Jan, Sang-Mo Kang, Kyung-Min Kim and In-Jung Lee

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:175

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  19. The emergence and expansion of antibiotic resistance makes it necessary to have alternative anti-infective agents, among which silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) display especially interesting properties. AgNPs carr...

    Authors: Sara González-Fernández, Víctor Lozano-Iturbe, Beatriz García, Luis J. Andrés, Mª. Fe Menéndez, David Rodríguez, Fernando Vazquez, Carla Martín and Luis M. Quirós

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:172

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  20. Aliarcobacter faecis and Aliarcobacter lanthieri are recently identified as emerging human and animal pathogens. In this paper, we demonstrate the development and optimization of two direct DNA-based quantitative...

    Authors: Mary G. Miltenburg, Michel Cloutier, Emilia Craiovan, David R. Lapen, Graham Wilkes, Edward Topp and Izhar U. H. Khan

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:164

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  21. There is an urgent need to discover biocontrol agents to control bacterial wilt. This study reports on a new lipopeptide-producing biocontrol strain FJAT-46737 and explores its lipopeptidic compounds, and this...

    Authors: Meichun Chen, Jieping Wang, Bo Liu, Yujing Zhu, Rongfeng Xiao, Wenjing Yang, Cibin Ge and Zheng Chen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:160

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  22. Repetitive-PCR (rep-PCR) using BOXA1R and BOXA2R as single primers was investigated for its potential to genotype bacteriophage. Previously, this technique has been primarily used for the discrimination of bac...

    Authors: Dragica Damnjanovic, Xabier Vázquez-Campos, Daniel L. Winter, Melissa Harvey and Wallace J. Bridge

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:154

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  23. Probiotics are effective to rectify the imbalanced gut microbiota in the diseased cohorts. Two Bifidobacterium strains (LI09 and LI10) were found to alleviate D-galactosamine-induced liver damage (LD) in rats in ...

    Authors: Hua Zha, Dai-Qiong Fang, Aimee van der Reis, Kevin Chang, Li-Ya Yang, Jiao-Jiao Xie, Ding Shi, Qiao-Mai Xu, Ya-Ting Li and Lan-Juan Li

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:144

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  24. Streptomycetes from the rhizospheric soils are a rich resource of novel secondary metabolites with various biological activities. However, there is still little information related to the isolation, antimicrob...

    Authors: Fei Peng, Meng-Yue Zhang, Shao-Yang Hou, Juan Chen, Ying-Ying Wu and Yi-Xuan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:143

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  25. In the last few decades, considerable attention has been paid to fungal endophytes as biocontrol agents, however little is known about their mode of action. This study aimed to investigate the toxic effects of...

    Authors: Mandeep Kaur, Pooja Chadha, Sanehdeep Kaur, Amarjeet Kaur and Rajvir Kaur

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:139

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  26. Extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing enterobacteria pose a major hazard to public health. Due to the possibility of genetic transfer, ESBL genes might spread to pathogenic enterobacterial strains....

    Authors: Eva-Maria Saliu, Jürgen Zentek and Wilfried Vahjen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:133

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  27. Many studies reported high prevalence of H. pylori infection among patients co-infected with intestinal parasites. Molecular approach for the DNA detection of those microbes in stool have been proposed. However t...

    Authors: Martina Leonardi, Giulia La Marca, Barbara Pajola, Francesca Perandin, Marco Ligozzi and Elena Pomari

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:131

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  28. Ralstonia eutropha (syn. Cupriavidus necator) is a model microorganism for studying metabolism of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and a potential chassis for protein expression due to various advantages. Although cu...

    Authors: Muzi Hu, Bin Xiong, Zhongkang Li, Li Liu, Siwei Li, Chunzhi Zhang, Xueli Zhang and Changhao Bi

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:121

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  29. The mammalian intestinal tract harbors diverse and dynamic microbial communities that play pivotal roles in host health, metabolism, immunity, and development. Average daily gain (ADG) is an important growth t...

    Authors: Shaoming Fang, Xuan Chen, Jiahua Pan, Qiaohui Chen, Liwen Zhou, Chongchong Wang, Tianfang Xiao and Qian Fu Gan

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:116

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  30. Bacterial biofilms are surface-adherent microbial communities in which individual cells are surrounded by a self-produced extracellular matrix of polysaccharides, extracellular DNA (eDNA) and proteins. Interac...

    Authors: Na Peng, Peng Cai, Monika Mortimer, Yichao Wu, Chunhui Gao and Qiaoyun Huang

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:115

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  31. This study demonstrates the use of reduced-representation genotyping to provide preliminary identifications for thermophilic bacterial isolates. The approach combines restriction enzyme digestion and PCR with ...

    Authors: Berenice Talamantes-Becerra, Jason Carling, Andrzej Kilian and Arthur Georges

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:114

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  32. Human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) could promote the growth of bifidobacteria, improving young children’s health. In addition, fermentation of carbohydrates by bifidobacteria can result in the production of met...

    Authors: Pauline Bondue, Christian Milani, Emilie Arnould, Marco Ventura, Georges Daube, Gisèle LaPointe and Véronique Delcenserie

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:111

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  33. Footrot and interdigital dermatitis are endemic infectious diseases in all sheep farming regions, impairing welfare and production. The development of efficacious vaccines against the primary causative pathoge...

    Authors: P. L. Davies, A. M. Blanchard, C. E. Staley, N. J. Bollard, T. J. Coffey and S. Tötemeyer

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:107

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  34. The use of combined antibiotic therapy has become an option for infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria. The time-kill (TK) assay is considered the gold standard method for the evaluation of in...

    Authors: Juliana Januario Gaudereto, Lauro Vieira Perdigão Neto, Gleice Cristina Leite, Evelyn Patricia Sanchez Espinoza, Roberta Cristina Ruedas Martins, Gladys Villas Boa Prado, Flavia Rossi, Thais Guimarães, Anna Sara Levin and Silvia Figueiredo Costa

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:97

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  35. The microbiome of Severe-Early Childhood Caries (S-ECC), is characterized by an ecosystem comprising bacterial and fungal species, with a predominance of Candida species. Hence, an anti-cariogen effective against...

    Authors: Kausar Sadia Fakhruddin, Hiroshi Egusa, Hien Chi Ngo, Chamila Panduwawala, Siripen Pesee, Thenmozhi Venkatachalam and Lakshman Perera Samaranayake

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:95

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  36. Ralstonia solanacearum is one of the most notorious soil-borne phytopathogens. It causes a severe wilt disease with deadly effects on many economically important crops. The microbita of disease-suppressive soils ...

    Authors: Ying Zhang, Anna Hu, Jianuan Zhou, Wenfei Zhang and Peng Li

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:89

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  37. Bartonella henselae is a Gram-negative bacterium transmitted to humans by a scratch from cat in the presence of ectoparasites. Humans infected with B. henselae can result in various clinical diseases including lo...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Zheng, Xiao Ma, Tingting Li, Wanliang Shi and Ying Zhang

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:87

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  38. Cholesterol oxidase biosensors have been used to determine the level of cholesterol in different serum and food samples. Due to a wide range of industrial and clinical applications of microbial cholesterol oxi...

    Authors: Noura El-Ahmady El-Naggar and Nancy M. El-Shweihy

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:86

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  39. Koumiss is a naturally fermented mare’s milk. Over recent decades, numerous studies have revealed the diversity of lactic acid bacteria in koumiss. However, there is limited information available regarding its...

    Authors: Hai Tang, Huimin Ma, Qiangchuan Hou, Weicheng Li, Haiyan Xu, Wenjun Liu, Zhihong Sun, Halatu Haobisi and Bilige Menghe

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:85

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  40. The inner membrane protein DotU of Aeromonas veronii is an important component of the minimal core conserved membrane proteome required for the formation of an envelope-transmembrane complex. This protein functio...

    Authors: Haichao Song, Yuanhuan Kang, Aidong Qian, Xiaofeng Shan, Ying Li, Lei Zhang, Haipeng Zhang and Wuwen Sun

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:76

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  41. Biofilm is a fundamental bacterial survival mode which proceeds through three main generalized phases: adhesion, maturation, and dispersion. Lactobacilli spp. (LB) are critical components of gut and reproductive ...

    Authors: Stacy Martinez, Jonathan Gomez Garcia, Roy Williams, Moamen Elmassry, Andrew West, Abdul Hamood, Deborah Hurtado, Brent Gudenkauf, Gary Ventolini and Natalia Schlabritz-Loutsevitch

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:64

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  42. Over the last years oleaginous yeasts have been studied for several energetic, oleochemical, medical and pharmaceutical purposes. However, only a small number of yeasts are known and have been deeply exploited...

    Authors: Catarina Miranda, Sara Bettencourt, Tatiana Pozdniakova, Joana Pereira, Paula Sampaio, Ricardo Franco-Duarte and Célia Pais

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:60

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  43. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) affects cattle and wildlife in South Africa with the African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) as the principal maintenance host. The presence of a wildlife maintenance host at the wildlife/live...

    Authors: Petronillah R. Sichewo, Tiny M. Hlokwe, Eric M. C. Etter and Anita L. Michel

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:49

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  44. Excessive application of chemical fertilizer has exerted a great threat to soil quality and the environment. The inoculation of plants with plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) has emerged as a great pr...

    Authors: Juanjuan Wang, Ruochen Li, Hui Zhang, Gehong Wei and Zhefei Li

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:38

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  45. Fusarium wilt of banana is one of the most destructive diseases in banana-growing regions worldwide. Soil-borne diseases and soil microbial communities are closely related. The screening of antagonistic bacteria ...

    Authors: Yajie Duan, Jian Chen, Wei He, Jingjing Chen, Zhencai Pang, Huigang Hu and Jianghui Xie

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2020 20:24

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