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Microbial Ecology

Gerardo Martin, Rebecca J Webb, Carla Chen, Raina K Plowright, Lee F Skerratt
Infectious diseases are transmitted when susceptible hosts are exposed to pathogen particles that can replicate within them. Among factors that limit transmission, the environment is particularly important for indirectly transmitted parasites. To try and assess a pathogens' ability to be transmitted through the environment and mitigate risk, we need to quantify its decay where transmission occurs in space such as the microclimate harbouring the pathogen. Hendra virus, a Henipavirus from Australian Pteropid bats, spills-over to horses and humans, causing high mortality...
January 14, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Tatyana A Mukhacheva, Sergey Y Kovalev
Ixodes ticks transmit infectious agents and also harbor their own parasites and symbionts. The presumptive endosymbiont of Ixodes ricinus, 'Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii', has a unique ability to invade mitochondria within tick ovarian cells and is transovarially transmitted with 100% efficiency. A closely related bacterium, provisionally named Montezuma (now 'Candidatus Lariskella arthropodarum'), was isolated from the Ixodes persulcatus ticks and human blood in 2004 as well as from Ixodes pavlovskyi in 2015...
January 14, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Gregorio Fernandez-Leborans, Sara Román, Daniel Martin
During a pluri-disciplinary study carried out within the frame of the Spanish research project DOS MARES, multicore samples were collected along the Blanes submarine canyon and its adjacent open slope to study the structure and dynamics of the meiofaunal organisms, mainly nematodes. Among the 5808 nematode individuals identified, only 190 of them belonged to the genus Tricoma (Desmoscolecidae), and only two harboured epibiont suctorian ciliates. The three specimens were located near the tail of the basibionts...
January 13, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Binu M Tripathi, Itumeleng Moroenyane, Chen Sherman, Yoo Kyung Lee, Jonathan M Adams, Yosef Steinberger
The soil microbiome is important for the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. However, the impacts of climate on taxonomic and functional diversity of soil microbiome are not well understood. A precipitation gradient along regional scale transects may offer a model setting for understanding the effect of climate on the composition and function of the soil microbiome. Here, we compared taxonomic and functional attributes of soil microorganisms in arid, semiarid, Mediterranean, and humid Mediterranean climatic conditions of Israel using shotgun metagenomic sequencing...
January 10, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Daan R Speth, Ilias Lagkouvardos, Yong Wang, Pei-Yuan Qian, Bas E Dutilh, Mike S M Jetten
Several recent studies have indicated that members of the phylum Planctomycetes are abundantly present at the brine-seawater interface (BSI) above multiple brine pools in the Red Sea. Planctomycetes include bacteria capable of anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox). Here, we investigated the possibility of anammox at BSI sites using metagenomic shotgun sequencing of DNA obtained from the BSI above the Discovery Deep brine pool. Analysis of sequencing reads matching the 16S rRNA and hzsA genes confirmed presence of anammox bacteria of the genus Scalindua...
January 10, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Karolin Axelsson, Vera Konstanzer, Gunaratna Kuttuva Rajarao, Olle Terenius, Lisa Seriot, Henrik Nordenhem, Göran Nordlander, Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson
The pine weevil, Hylobius abietis, is a severe forest pest insect as it feeds on newly planted conifer seedlings. To identify and develop an antifeedant could be one step towards the protection of seedlings from feeding damage by the pine weevil. With the aim to trace the origin of the antifeedants previously found in feces of the pine weevil, we investigated the culturable bacteria associated with the gut and identified the volatiles they produced. Bacterial isolates were identified by 16S ribosomal RNA gene analysis...
January 10, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Ana Camila Andrade, Adriana Fróes, Fabyano Álvares Cardoso Lopes, Fabiano L Thompson, Ricardo Henrique Krüger, Elizabeth Dinsdale, Thiago Bruce
Semi-arid and arid areas occupy about 33% of terrestrial ecosystems. However, little information is available about microbial diversity in the semi-arid Caatinga, which represents a unique biome that extends to about 11% of the Brazilian territory and is home to extraordinary diversity and high endemism level of species. In this study, we characterized the diversity of microbial genes associated with biomass conversion (carbohydrate-active enzymes, or so-called CAZYmes) in soil and freshwater of the Caatinga...
January 9, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Michael H Schwartz, Tao Pan
Global protein mistranslation with methionine has been shown to be a conserved biological process that affords distinct functional advantages in all three domains of life. In all instances, methionine mistranslation occurs through a regulated process where low-fidelity forms of methionyl-tRNA synthetase are conditionally induced to mischarge non-methionyl-tRNAs with methionine followed by the utilization of the misacylated tRNAs in translation. In mammals, methionine mistranslation contributes to oxidative stress response; in the hyperthermophilic archaeon Aeropyrum pernix, methionine mistranslation produces proteins that are better adapted to low temperature growth; in E...
January 9, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Karen A Cameron, Marek Stibal, Nikoline S Olsen, Andreas B Mikkelsen, Bo Elberling, Carsten S Jacobsen
The Watson River drains a portion of the SW Greenland ice sheet, transporting microbial communities from subglacial environments to a delta at the head of Søndre Strømfjord. This study investigates the potential activity and community shifts of glacial microbiota deposited and buried under layers of sediments within the river delta. A long-term (12-month) incubation experiment was established using Watson River delta sediment under anaerobic conditions, with and without CO2/H2 enrichment. Within CO2/H2-amended incubations, sulphate depletion and a shift in the microbial community to a 52% predominance of Desulfosporosinus meridiei by day 371 provides evidence for sulphate reduction...
January 9, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Susanne Dunker, Julia Althammer, Georg Pohnert, Christian Wilhelm
Massive growth of single species of cyanobacteria is a common phenomenon in many eutrophicated waters worldwide. Allelopathic growth control of phytoplankton species is one suggested mechanism, but still controversially discussed. The fact that the synthesis of biological active compounds requires high energy costs and carbon investment for a single cell in contrast to high dilution rates in natural systems questions the universal validity of allelopathic mechanisms, even more as high concentrations of allelopathic substances are often needed in several experiments to cause biological effects...
January 7, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Jonah Piovia-Scott, Daniel Rejmanek, Douglas C Woodhams, S Joy Worth, Heather Kenny, Valerie McKenzie, Sharon P Lawler, Janet E Foley
The symbiotic microbes that grow in and on many organisms can play important roles in protecting their hosts from pathogen infection. While species diversity has been shown to influence community function in many other natural systems, the question of how species diversity of host-associated symbiotic microbes contributes to pathogen resistance is just beginning to be explored. Understanding diversity effects on pathogen resistance could be particularly helpful in combating the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) which has caused dramatic population declines in many amphibian species and is a major concern for amphibian conservation...
January 7, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Hyunjun Cho, Mincheol Kim, Binu Tripathi, Jonathan Adams
Although disturbance is thought to be important in many ecological processes, responses of fungal communities to soil disturbance have been little studied experimentally. We subjected a soil microcosm to physical disturbance, at a range of frequencies designed to simulate ecological disturbance events. We analyzed the fungal community structure using Illumina HiSeq sequencing of the ITS1 region. Fungal diversity was found to decline with the increasing disturbance frequencies, with no sign of the "humpback" pattern found in many studies of larger sedentary organisms...
January 6, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Adil Essarioui, Nicholas LeBlanc, Harold C Kistler, Linda L Kinkel
Plant community characteristics impact rhizosphere Streptomyces nutrient competition and antagonistic capacities. However, the effects of Streptomyces on, and their responses to, coexisting microorganisms as a function of plant host or plant species richness have received little attention. In this work, we characterized antagonistic activities and nutrient use among Streptomyces and Fusarium from the rhizosphere of Andropogon gerardii (Ag) and Lespedeza capitata (Lc) plants growing in communities of 1 (monoculture) or 16 (polyculture) plant species...
January 5, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Sakon Monggoot, Siam Popluechai, Eleni Gentekaki, Patcharee Pripdeevech
Fungal endophytes are microorganisms that are well-known for producing a diverse array of secondary metabolites. Recent studies have uncovered the bioprospecting potential of several plant endophytic fungi. Here, we demonstrate the presence of highly bioactive fungal endophytic species in Aquilaria subintegra, a fragrant wood plant collected from Thailand. Thirty-three fungal endophytic strains were isolated and further identified to genus level based on morphological characteristics. These genera included Colletotrichum, Pestalotiopsis, Fusarium, Russula, Arthrinium, Diaporthe and Cladosporium...
January 5, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Gangsik Han, Hyo Jung Lee, Sang Eun Jeong, Che Ok Jeon, Seogang Hyun
Microbiota has a significant impact on the health of the host individual. The complexity of the interactions between mammalian hosts and their microbiota highlights the value of using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism, because of its relatively simple microbial community and ease of physiological and genetic manipulation. However, highly variable and sometimes inconsistent results regarding the microbiota of D. melanogaster have been reported for host samples collected from different geographical locations; discrepancies that may be because of the inherent physiological conditions of the D...
January 4, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Olga Pappa, Apostolos Beloukas, Apostolos Vantarakis, Athena Mavridou, Anastasia-Maria Kefala, Alex Galanis
The recently described double-locus sequence typing (DLST) scheme implemented to deeply characterize the genetic profiles of 52 resistant environmental Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates deriving from aquatic habitats of Greece. DLST scheme was able not only to assign an already known allelic profile to the majority of the isolates but also to recognize two new ones (ms217-190, ms217-191) with high discriminatory power. A third locus (oprD) was also used for the molecular typing, which has been found to be fundamental for the phylogenetic analysis of environmental isolates given the resulted increased discrimination between the isolates...
December 28, 2016: Microbial Ecology
Vittorio Boscaro, Alessia Rossi, Claudia Vannini, Franco Verni, Sergei I Fokin, Giulio Petroni
Molecular surveys of eukaryotic microbial communities employing high-throughput sequencing (HTS) techniques are rapidly supplanting traditional morphological approaches due to their larger data output and reduced bench work time. Here, we directly compare morphological and Illumina data obtained from the same samples, in an effort to characterize ciliate faunas from sediments in freshwater environments. We show how in silico processing affects the final outcome of our HTS analysis, providing evidence that quality filtering protocols strongly impact the number of predicted taxa, but not downstream conclusions such as biogeography patterns...
December 28, 2016: Microbial Ecology
Sari Timonen, Hanna Sinkko, Hui Sun, Outi-Maaria Sietiö, Johanna M Rinta-Kanto, Heikki Kiheri, Jussi Heinonsalo
In this study, the bacterial populations of roots and mycospheres of the boreal pine forest ericoid plants, heather (Calluna vulgaris), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), and lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), were studied by qPCR and next-generation sequencing (NGS). All bacterial communities of mycosphere soils differed from soils uncolonized by mycorrhizal mycelia. Colonization by mycorrhizal hyphae increased the total number of bacterial 16S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) gene copies in the humus but decreased the number of different bacterial operational taxonomic units (OTUs)...
December 26, 2016: Microbial Ecology
Antje Donner, Karin Glaser, Nadine Borchhardt, Ulf Karsten
The green algal genus Klebsormidium (Klebsormidiophyceae, Streptophyta) is a typical member of biological soil crusts (BSCs) worldwide. Ecophysiological studies focused so far on individual strains and thus gave only limited insight on the plasticity of this genus. In the present study, 21 Klebsormidium strains (K. dissectum, K. flaccidum, K. nitens, K. subtile) from temperate BSCs in Central European grassland and forest sites were investigated. Photosynthetic performance under desiccation and temperature stress was measured under identical controlled conditions...
December 24, 2016: Microbial Ecology
Qi Wang, Rongrong Wang, Linyan He, Xiafang Sheng
Bacteria play important roles in rock weathering, elemental cycling, and soil formation. However, little is known about the weathering potential and population of bacteria inhabiting surfaces of rocks. In this study, we isolated bacteria from the top, middle, and bottom rock samples along a hillside of a rock (trachyte) mountain as well as adjacent soils and characterized rock-weathering behaviors and populations of the bacteria. Per gram of rock or surface soil, 10(6)-10(7) colony forming units were obtained and total 192 bacteria were isolated...
December 21, 2016: Microbial Ecology
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