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FEMS Microbiology Reviews

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July 2013

Volume 37, Issue 4

Pages 477–631

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      A thready affair: linking fungal diversity and community dynamics to terrestrial decomposition processes (pages 477–494)

      Annemieke van der Wal, Thomas D. Geydan, Thomas W. Kuyper and Wietse de Boer

      Version of Record online: 10 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1574-6976.12001

      This review discusses the functioning of terrestrial decomposer fungi and examines the factors that affect their activities and community dynamics.

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      The impact of transition metals on bacterial plant disease (pages 495–519)

      Helen Fones and Gail M. Preston

      Version of Record online: 21 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1574-6976.12004

      This review discusses the pivotal role of transition metals such as zinc, copper and iron in determining the outcome of plant–pathogen interactions, both as essential mineral nutrients for plant and pathogen, and as anti-microbial agents that inhibit pathogen growth.

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      Gram-positive anaerobic cocci – commensals and opportunistic pathogens (pages 520–553)

      Elizabeth Carmel Murphy and Inga-Maria Frick

      Version of Record online: 15 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1574-6976.12005

      The present study focuses on reviewing the recent literature produced on Gram-positive anaerobic cocci with emphasis on their taxonomic classification, incidence in clinical infection, antibiotic resistances and pathogenicity.

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      Diversity in bacterial lysis systems: bacteriophages show the way (pages 554–571)

      Maria João Catalão, Filipa Gil, José Moniz-Pereira, Carlos São-José and Madalena Pimentel

      Version of Record online: 8 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1574-6976.12006

      Tailed bacteriophages typically induce lysis of infected bacteria to allow efficient escape of the virion progeny to the extracellular milieu. This review summarizes the current knowledge on the mechanisms of lysis employed by phages infecting Gram-positive, Gram-negative and mycobacterial hosts.

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      Mechanisms and selection of evolvability: experimental evidence (pages 572–582)

      Carolina Díaz Arenas and Tim F. Cooper

      Version of Record online: 15 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1574-6976.12008

      Experimental evolution is a robust approach for identifying changes in genotype evolvability and testing the influence of these changes on population evolution.

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      Post-translation modification in Archaea: lessons from Haloferax volcanii and other haloarchaea (pages 583–606)

      Jerry Eichler and Julie Maupin-Furlow

      Version of Record online: 20 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1574-6976.12012

      In this review, the latest findings on the post-translational modification and regulated degradation of archaeal proteins, as learned from studies of the haloarchaea, in particular Haloferax volcanii, are presented.

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      Subversion of host cellular functions by the apicomplexan parasites (pages 607–631)

      Louise E. Kemp, Masahiro Yamamoto and Dominique Soldati-Favre

      Version of Record online: 27 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1574-6976.12013

      Apicomplexan parasites secrete kinases from apical secretory organelles to take over their host cell and manipulate their surroundings.