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BMC Microbiology

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. Content type: Research article

    This study was conducted to examine effects of nitrate on ruminal methane production, methanogen abundance, and composition. Six rumen-fistulated Limousin×Jinnan steers were fed diets supplemented with either ...

    Authors: Liping Zhao, Qingxiang Meng, Yan Li, Hao Wu, Yunlong Huo, Xinzhuang Zhang and Zhenming Zhou

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2018 18:21

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP) second messenger exemplifies a signaling system that regulates many bacterial behaviors of key importance; among them, c-di-GMP controls the transition between motile and sessile l...

    Authors: Alberto Ramírez Mata, César Millán Pacheco, José F. Cruz Pérez, Martha Minjárez Sáenz and Beatriz E. Baca

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2018 18:20

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Soil contaminated with the heavy metal Cadmium (Cd) is a widespread problem in many parts of the world. Based on metagenomic analysis, we investigated the functional potential and structural diversity of the m...

    Authors: Gang Feng, Tian Xie, Xin Wang, Jiuyuan Bai, Lin Tang, Hai Zhao, Wei Wei, Maolin Wang and Yun Zhao

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2018 18:11

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Brucellosis incidence in China is divided into three stages: high incidence (1950s–1960s), decline (1970s–1980s), and re-emergence (1990s–2010s). At the re-emergence stage, Brucellosis incidence grew exponentiall...

    Authors: Dong-ri Piao, Xi Liu, Dong-dong Di, Pei Xiao, Zhong-zhi Zhao, Li-qing Xu, Guo-zhong Tian, Hong-yan Zhao, Wei-xing Fan, Bu-yun Cui and Hai Jiang

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2018 18:7

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  5. Content type: Methodology Article

    Many of the bacterial genomic studies exploring evolution processes of the host adaptation focus on the accessory genome describing how the gains and losses of genes can explain the colonization of new habitat...

    Authors: Arnaud Felten, Meryl Vila Nova, Kevin Durimel, Laurent Guillier, Michel-Yves Mistou and Nicolas Radomski

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:222

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Anthrax is a globally distributed disease affecting primarily herbivorous mammals. It is caused by the soil-dwelling and spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. The dormant B. anthracis spores become vegetati...

    Authors: Karoline Valseth, Camilla L. Nesbø, W. Ryan Easterday, Wendy C. Turner, Jaran S. Olsen, Nils Chr. Stenseth and Thomas H. A. Haverkamp

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:206

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Total community rDNA was used to determine the diversity of bacteria and archaea from water, wet sediment and microbial mats samples of hot springs in the Eastern lowlands of Eritrea. The temperatures of the s...

    Authors: Amanuel M. Ghilamicael, Nancy L. M. Budambula, Sylvester E. Anami, Tadesse Mehari and Hamadi I. Boga

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:203

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Benthic ciliates and the environmental factors shaping their distribution are far from being completely understood. Likewise, deep-sea systems are amongst the least understood ecosystems on Earth. In this stud...

    Authors: Feng Zhao, Sabine Filker, Thorsten Stoeck and Kuidong Xu

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:192

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O145 are among the top non-O157 serogroups associated with severe human disease worldwide. Two serotypes, O145:H25 and O145:H28 have been isolated from human patients but...

    Authors: Sandra C. Lorenz, Narjol Gonzalez-Escalona, Michael L. Kotewicz, Markus Fischer and Julie A. Kase

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:183

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  10. Content type: Research article

    G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest family of transmembrane receptors in fungi, where they play important roles in signal transduction. Among them, the Pth11-related GPCRs form a large and dive...

    Authors: Xihui Xu, Guopeng Li, Lu Li, Zhenzhu Su and Chen Chen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:166

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Intramuscular fat (IMF) that deposits among muscle fibers or within muscle cells is an important meat quality trait in pigs. Previous studies observed the effects of dietary nutrients and additives on improvin...

    Authors: Shaoming Fang, Xingwei Xiong, Ying Su, Lusheng Huang and Congying Chen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:162

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Gut microbiota plays an important role in the harvesting, storage, and expenditure of energy obtained from one’s diet. Our cross-sectional study aimed to identify differences in gut microbiota according to bod...

    Authors: Yeojun Yun, Han-Na Kim, Song E. Kim, Seong Gu Heo, Yoosoo Chang, Seungho Ryu, Hocheol Shin and Hyung-Lae Kim

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:151

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The importance of upper airway structure in the susceptibility of the lower respiratory tract to colonization with potential pathogens is well established. With the advent of rapid, high throughput, next gener...

    Authors: Mohamed M. Zeineldin, James F. Lowe, Elsbeth D. Grimmer, Maria R. C. de Godoy, Mohamed M. Ghanem, Yassein M. Abd El-Raof and Brian M. Aldridge

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:138

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  14. Content type: Research article

    With the growing demand for fossil fuels and the severe energy crisis, lignocellulose is widely regarded as a promising cost-effective renewable resource for ethanol production, and the use of lignocellulose r...

    Authors: Bailin Cong, Nengfei Wang, Shenghao Liu, Feng Liu, Xiaofei Yin and Jihong Shen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:129

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In drug-drug interactions, there are surprising cases in which the growth inhibition of bacteria by a single antibiotic decreases when a second antibiotic is added. These interactions are termed suppressive an...

    Authors: Casey Beppler, Elif Tekin, Cynthia White, Zhiyuan Mao, Jeffrey H. Miller, Robert Damoiseaux, Van M. Savage and Pamela J. Yeh

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:107

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Here, we aimed to investigate the effects of ensiled mulberry leaves (EML) and sun-dried mulberry fruit pomace (SMFP) on fecal bacterial communities in Simmental crossbred finishing steers. To this end, the st...

    Authors: Yan Li, Qingxiang Meng, Bo Zhou and Zhenming Zhou

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:97

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The nitrogen (N) cycle consists of complex microbe-mediated transformations driven by a variety of factors, including diversity and concentrations of N compounds. In this study, we examined taxonomic diversity...

    Authors: Suchismita Ghosh, Paul A. Ayayee, Oscar J. Valverde-Barrantes, Christopher B. Blackwood, Todd V. Royer and Laura G. Leff

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:87

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Establishing an optimal proportion of nitrifying microbial populations, including ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB), nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB), complete nitrite oxidizers (comammox) and ammonia-oxidizing...

    Authors: Giantommaso Scarascia, Hong Cheng, Moustapha Harb and Pei-Ying Hong

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:85

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Staphylococcus aureus more than any other human pathogen is a better model for the study of the adaptive evolution of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, as it has demonstrated a rema...

    Authors: Asinamai Athliamai Bitrus, Zakaria Zunita, Siti Khairani Bejo, Sarah Othman and Nur Adilah Ahmad Nadzir

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:83

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  20. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:70

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Microbiology 2017 17:95

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