Letters in Applied Microbiology

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Edited By: J.-Y. Maillard

Impact Factor: 1.579

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 96/123 (Microbiology); 106/161 (Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology)

Online ISSN: 1472-765X

Associated Title(s): Journal of Applied Microbiology

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Shiga toxigenic and enteropathogenic Escherichia coli in water and fish from pay-to-fish ponds
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Accurate identification of members of the Burkholderia cepacia complex in cystic fibrosis sputum
M. Martinucci, E. Roscetto, V.D. Iula, A. Votsi, M.R. Catania andE. De Gregorio

The Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in the Antibacterial Photodynamic Treatment: Photoinactivation vs Proliferation

N. Topaloglu, M. Guney, N. Aysan, M. Gulsoy and S. Yuksel

Pasteurellaceae bacteria from the oral cavity of Tasmanian Devils (Sarcophilus Harrisii) show high MIC values towards aminoglycosides and clindamycin.
N. Gutman, M.J. Hansen, M.F. Bertelsen and A.M. Bojesen

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Extraction methods and bioautography for evaluation of medicinal plant antimicrobial activity
A. Nostro, M.P. Germanò, V. D’Angelo, A. Marino, M.A. Cannatelli

Antifungal activity of thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) essential oil and thymol against moulds from damp dwellings
M. Šegvić Klarić, I. Kosalec, J. Mastelić, E. Piecková, S. Pepeljnak

Antibacterial activity of selected plant essential oils against Escherichia coli O157:H7
S.A. Burt, R.D. Reinders

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Sequence-based methods for detecting and evaluating the human gut mycobiome
M.J. Suhr, N.Banjara and H.E. Hallen-Adams

The number of studies aimed to understand and characterise the human microbiome has increased exponentially over the last 10 years, together with available research funding and industrial interests. The understanding that the microbiome plays a central role in human well-being is now well established. Microbiome research mainly focuses on bacteria which are the most abundant microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract. The biodiversity of the ‘mycobiome’ defined as the fungal biota, however, remains poorly-defined with the majority of large-scale human microbiome projects excluding fungi. Culture independent protocols relying on DNA sequencing are the preferred method to study the ‘mycobiome’ although to date there is no universally adopted protocols. This study compares the use of internal transcribed spacer (ITS) DNA sequence with three culture-independent methods to characterize the fungal communities in 16 fecal samples from the gastrointestinal tract of healthy adult humans with a vegetarian diet. Fungi were detected in each fecal sample and at least 46 distinct fungal operational taxonomic units were detected. However no single method identified the full diversity of fungi in all samples. This study concludes that optimised and targeted, probe-based assays are needed to comprehensively characterised the ‘mycobiome’ and quantify the probably small set of fungi that may impact on the microbiome.

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