FEMS Microbiology Ecology
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Recently Published Issues
Lifestyles of Bacillus cereus
This MiniReview covers the impressive ecological diversity of Bacillus cereus, ranging from a saprophytic life cycle in soil, to symbiotic lifestyles near plant roots and in guts, to various pathogenic ones in diverse insect and mammalian hosts.
Special Virtual Issue - Molecular Insights into Environmental Microbes
New Special Virtual Issue - FEMS Microbiology Ecology meets FEMS Microbiology Reviews
FEMS Microbiology Ecology has compiled a Virtual Issue that cross-links with the May 2013 Thematic Issue of FEMS Microbiology Reviews on Molecular Insights into Environmental Microbes. We have selected key papers from the archives of FEMS Microbiology Ecology to complement the topics of the review articles that reflect on the activity of microbes, ranging from life in symbiosis, commensalism, and syntrophy to life in soil, lakes and oceans.
Molecular Insights into Environmental Microbes
Special Virtual issue, May 2013
Characterization of Trichodesmium-associated viral communities in the eastern Gulf of Mexico
J.M. Brown, B.A. LaBarre and I. Hewson
Editor’s comments: “The marine diazotrophic cyanobacterium Trichodesmium is an important component of tropical and subtropical oligotrophic marine ecosystems, providing organic carbon and nitrogen and surfaces on which microorganisms can aggregate. This study suggests that there is a diverse consortium of viruses associated with the collapse of Trichodesmium aggregations. This collapse leads to drastic changes in the chemical and physical properties of surrounding waters eliciting a response from the microbial community and their associated viruses.”
Open Access Featured Articles
Molecular phylogeny of acid sulfate soil
This study describes the identification of acidophilic microorganisms in the acid sulfate soil of the Ostrobothnian coastal region of Finland. These microorganisms likely play a significant role in the release of acid and metal in the environment.
Chemoautotrophic potential in the deep equatorial Atlantic
This article discusses the significance and phylogeny of the key organisms mediating dark CO2 fixation in the tropical Atlantic. Extensive QPCR-based assays of accA and amoA genes indicate a substantial genetic predisposition of CO2 fixation in both Archaea and Bacteria.