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Ecological and evolutionary microbiology

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. Porcine tonsils are the colonization site for many pathogenic as well as commensal microorganisms and are the primary lymphoid tissue encountered by organisms entering through the mouth or nares. The goal of t...

    Authors: Beth A Lowe, Terence L Marsh, Natasha Isaacs-Cosgrove, Roy N Kirkwood, Matti Kiupel and Martha H Mulks

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2012 12:20

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  2. The genus Brucella contains highly infectious species that are classified as biological threat agents. The timely detection and identification of the microorganism involved is essential for an effective response ...

    Authors: Florigio Lista, Frans AG Reubsaet, Riccardo De Santis, Rene R Parchen, Ad L de Jong, Jasper Kieboom, Anton L van der Laaken, Ingrid AI Voskamp-Visser, Silvia Fillo, Hugo-Jan Jansen, Jan Van der Plas and Armand Paauw

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:267

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  3. Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a human-specific pathogen responsible for a number of diseases characterized by a wide range of clinical manifestations. During host colonization GAS-cell aggregates or microcolonie...

    Authors: Heaven A Oliver-Kozup, Meenal Elliott, Beth A Bachert, Karen H Martin, Sean D Reid, Diane E Schwegler-Berry, Brett J Green and Slawomir Lukomski

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:262

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  4. The siphonous green macroalga Bryopsis has some remarkable characteristics. Besides hosting a rich endophytic bacterial flora, Bryopsis also displays extraordinary wound repair and propagation mechanisms. This la...

    Authors: Joke Hollants, Helen Decleyre, Frederik Leliaert, Olivier De Clerck and Anne Willems

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:255

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  5. The alphaproteobacterium Wolbachia pipientis, the most common endosymbiont in eukaryotes, is found predominantly in insects including many Drosophila species. Although Wolbachia is primarily vertically transmitte...

    Authors: Jennifer A Biliske, Philip D Batista, Chantalle L Grant and Harriet L Harris

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:251

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  6. Fungal endophyte communities are often comprised of many species colonizing the same host. However, little is known about the causes of this diversity. On the one hand, the apparent coexistence of closely rela...

    Authors: Michael Ernst, Karin Neubert, Kurt W Mendgen and Stefan GR Wirsel

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:242

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  7. A close association between maize roots and Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) bacteria has been observed in different locations globally. In this study we investigated by MultiLocus Restriction Typing (MLRT) the...

    Authors: Annamaria Bevivino, Barbara Costa, Cristina Cantale, Silvia Cesarini, Luigi Chiarini, Silvia Tabacchioni, Jesus Caballero-Mellado and Claudia Dalmastri

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:228

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  8. Methane oxidizing prokaryotes in marine sediments are believed to function as a methane filter reducing the oceanic contribution to the global methane emission. In the anoxic parts of the sediments, oxidation ...

    Authors: Othilde Elise Håvelsrud, Thomas HA Haverkamp, Tom Kristensen, Kjetill S Jakobsen and Anne Gunn Rike

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:221

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  9. Aspergillus terreus causes invasive aspergillosis (IA) in immunocompromised individuals and can be the leading cause of IA in certain medical centers. We examined a large isolate collection (n = 117) for the pres...

    Authors: Carolyn OS Neal, Aaron O Richardson, Steven F Hurst, Anna Maria Tortorano, Maria Anna Viviani, David A Stevens and S Arunmozhi Balajee

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:203

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  10. Many secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi have potent biological activities, to which the producer organism must be resistant. An example of pharmaceutical interest is mycophenolic acid (MPA), a...

    Authors: Bjarne G Hansen, Hans J Genee, Christian S Kaas, Jakob B Nielsen, Torsten B Regueira, Uffe H Mortensen, Jens C Frisvad and Kiran R Patil

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:202

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  11. Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium are associated with faecal pollution of water, linked to swimmer-associated gastroenteritis and demonstrate a wide range of antibiotic resistance. The Coomera River ...

    Authors: Irani Rathnayake, Megan Hargreaves and Flavia Huygens

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:201

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  12. Since the first reported outbreak of dengue hemorrhagic fever in Pakistan, several mini outbreaks have erupted in the region. Dengue virus serotype 3 (DEN-3) was first documented in 2005 outbreak in Karachi. R...

    Authors: Zareen Fatima, Muhammad Idrees, Mohammad A Bajwa, Zarfishan Tahir, Obaid Ullah, Muhammad Q Zia, Abrar Hussain, Madiha Akram, Bushra Khubaib, Samia Afzal, Saira Munir, Sana Saleem, Bisma Rauff, Sadaf Badar, Mahrukh Naudhani, Sadia Butt…

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:200

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  13. Brucellosis is a zoonosis caused by Brucella spp., a group of highly homogeneous bacteria. The insertion sequence IS711 is characteristic of these bacteria, and occurs in variable numbers and positions, but alway...

    Authors: Marcos Mancilla, Marcos Ulloa, Ignacio López-Goñi, Ignacio Moriyón and Ana María Zárraga

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:176

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  14. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) is currently the reference method for genotyping Streptococcus agalactiae strains, the leading cause of infectious disease in newborns and a major cause of disease in immunocompr...

    Authors: Eve Haguenoer, Gaelle Baty, Christine Pourcel, Marie-Frédérique Lartigue, Anne-Sophie Domelier, Agnès Rosenau, Roland Quentin, Laurent Mereghetti and Philippe Lanotte

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:171

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  15. Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is emerging as one of the most frequently found bacteria in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. In the present study, phenotypic and genotypic traits of a set of 98 isolates of S. maltophi...

    Authors: Arianna Pompilio, Stefano Pomponio, Valentina Crocetta, Giovanni Gherardi, Fabio Verginelli, Ersilia Fiscarelli, Giordano Dicuonzo, Vincenzo Savini, Domenico D'Antonio and Giovanni Di Bonaventura

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:159

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  16. Francisella tularensis, the causative agent of tularemia, displays subspecies-specific differences in virulence, geographic distribution, and genetic diversity. F. tularensis subsp. holarctica is widely distribut...

    Authors: Gvantsa Chanturia, Dawn N Birdsell, Merab Kekelidze, Ekaterine Zhgenti, George Babuadze, Nikoloz Tsertsvadze, Shota Tsanava, Paata Imnadze, Stephen M Beckstrom-Sternberg, James S Beckstrom-Sternberg, Mia D Champion, Shripad Sinari, Miklos Gyuranecz, Jason Farlow, Amanda H Pettus, Emily L Kaufman…

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:139

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  17. Anaerobic oxidation of methane coupled to sulphate reduction (SR-AOM) prevents more than 90% of the oceanic methane emission to the atmosphere. In a previous study, we demonstrated that the high methane pressu...

    Authors: Yu Zhang, Loïs Maignien, Xianxian Zhao, Fengping Wang and Nico Boon

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:137

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  18. Soil bacteria from the genus Rhizobium are characterized by a complex genomic architecture comprising chromosome and large plasmids. Genes responsible for symbiotic interactions with legumes are usually located o...

    Authors: Andrzej Mazur, Grażyna Stasiak, Jerzy Wielbo, Agnieszka Kubik-Komar, Monika Marek-Kozaczuk and Anna Skorupska

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:123

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  19. The genome of Helicobacter pylori, an oncogenic bacterium in the human stomach, rapidly evolves and shows wide geographical divergence. The high incidence of stomach cancer in East Asia might be related to bacter...

    Authors: Mikihiko Kawai, Yoshikazu Furuta, Koji Yahara, Takeshi Tsuru, Kenshiro Oshima, Naofumi Handa, Noriko Takahashi, Masaru Yoshida, Takeshi Azuma, Masahira Hattori, Ikuo Uchiyama and Ichizo Kobayashi

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:104

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  20. Over the last 30 years, extensive studies have revealed the crucial roles played by microbes in aquatic ecosystems. It has been shown that bacteria, viruses and protozoan grazers are dominant in terms of abund...

    Authors: Lyria Berdjeb, Thomas Pollet, Isabelle Domaizon and Stéphan Jacquet

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:88

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  21. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) consumption has been one of the most common causes of produce-associated salmonellosis in the United States. Contamination may originate from animal waste, insects, soil or water. Cu...

    Authors: Adriana Telias, James R White, Donna M Pahl, Andrea R Ottesen and Christopher S Walsh

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:81

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  22. Chlamydia pecorum is an obligate intracellular bacterium and the causative agent of reproductive and ocular disease in several animal hosts including koalas, sheep, cattle and goats. C. pecorum strains detected i...

    Authors: James Marsh, Avinash Kollipara, Peter Timms and Adam Polkinghorne

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:77

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  23. Different models for biofilm in Streptococcus pneumoniae have been described in literature. To permit comparison of experimental data, we characterised the impact of the pneumococcal quorum-sensing competence sys...

    Authors: Claudia Trappetti, Luciana Gualdi, Lorenzo Di Meola, Prashant Jain, Cindy C Korir, Paul Edmonds, Francesco Iannelli, Susanna Ricci, Gianni Pozzi and Marco R Oggioni

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:75

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  24. Deletion of the glycosyltransferase bgsA in Enterococcus faecalis leads to loss of diglucosyldiacylglycerol from the cell membrane and accumulation of its precursor monoglucosyldiacylglycerol, associated with imp...

    Authors: Christian Theilacker, Irina Sava, Patricia Sanchez-Carballo, Yinyin Bao, Andrea Kropec, Elisabeth Grohmann, Otto Holst and Johannes Huebner

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2011 11:67

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