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Microbial Biotechnology

All articles accepted from 30 October 2012 are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.   Articles accepted before this date were published under the agreement as stated in the final article.

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Edited By: Kenneth N. Timmis, Juan Luis Ramos, Willem de Vos, Siegfried E. Vlaeminck, and Auxiliadora Prieto. Genomics Update Editor: Antoine Danchin

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 36/124 (Microbiology); 40/158 (Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology)

Online ISSN: 1751-7915

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Volume 8, Issue 6
Fungal biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles: mechanism and scale up
Michael Kitching, Meghana Ramani and Enrico Marsili

Volume 8, Issue 5
Metaproteomics of complex microbial communities in biogas plants
Robert Heyer, Fabian Kohrs, Udo Reichl and Dirk Benndorf

Volume 8, Issue 3
Genetic characterization of caffeine degradation by bacteria and its potential applications
Ryan M. Summers, Sujit K. Mohanty, Sridhar Gopishetty and Mani Subramanian

Volume 8, Issue 2
Extraction and purification of high-value metabolites from microalgae: essential lipids, astaxanthin and phycobiliproteins (pages 190–209)
Sara P. Cuellar-Bermudez, Iris Aguilar-Hernandez, Diana L. Cardenas-Chavez, Nancy Ornelas-Soto, Miguel A. Romero-Ogawa and Roberto Parra-Saldivar

Volume 8, Issue 1
Synthetic biology approaches to improve biocatalyst identification in metagenomic library screening
María-Eugenia Guazzaroni, Rafael Silva-Rocha and Richard John Ward


Volume 7, Issue 6
Effect of the food production chain from farm practices to vegetable processing on outbreak incidence
Yangjin Jung, Hyein Jang and Karl R. Matthews

Biofilm formation by enteric pathogens and its role in plant colonization and persistence
Sima Yaron and Ute Römling

Volume 7, Issue 5
Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. salmonicida in the light of its type-three secretion system
Philippe Vanden Bergh and Joachim Frey

Volume 7, Issue 4
Biotechnological strategies to improve production of microbial poly-(3-hydroxybutyrate): a review of recent research work
C. Peña, T. Castillo, A. García, M. Millán and D. Segura

Volume 7, Issue 3
Discovering new bioactive molecules from microbial sources
Paolo Monciardini, Marianna Iorio, Sonia Maffioli, Margherita Sosio and Stefano Donadio

Siderophores in environmental research: roles and applications
E. Ahmed and S. J. M. Holmström

Volume 7, Issue 1
Histidine biosynthesis, its regulation and biotechnological application inCorynebacterium glutamicum
Robert K. Kulis-Horn, Marcus Persicke and Jörn Kalinowski


Volume 6, Issue 6
Microbial production and chemical transformation of poly-γ-glutamate
Makoto Ashiuchi

Recombinant DNA production of spider silk proteins
Olena Tokareva, Valquíria A. Michalczechen-Lacerda, Elíbio L. Rech and David L. Kaplan

Microbial alginate production, modification and its applications
Iain D. Hay, Zahid Ur Rehman, M. Fata Moradali, Yajie Wang and Bernd H. A. Rehm

Microbial production of lactate-containing polyesters
Jung Eun Yang, So Young Choi, Jae Ho Shin, Si Jae Park and Sang Yup Lee

Volume 6, Issue 5
Trends in bacterial trehalose metabolism and significant nodes of metabolic pathway in the direction of trehalose accumulation
Rohit Ruhal, Rashmi Kataria and Bijan Choudhury

The biology of habitat dominance; can microbes behave as weeds?
Jonathan A. Cray, Andrew N. W. Bell, Prashanth Bhaganna, Allen Y. Mswaka, David J. Timson and John E. Hallsworth

Volume 6, Issue 4
Bioremediation: a genuine technology to remediate radionuclides from the environment
Dhan Prakash, Prashant Gabani, Anuj K. Chandel, Zeev Ronen and Om V. Singh

What is health?
Harald Brüssow

Prebiotics, faecal transplants and microbial network units to stimulate biodiversity of the human gut microbiome
Pieter Van den Abbeele, Willy Verstraete, Sahar El Aidy, Annelies Geirnaert and Tom Van de Wiele

Microbiota and healthy ageing: observational and nutritional intervention studies
Harald Brüssow

Fame and future of faecal transplantations – developing next-generation therapies with synthetic microbiomes
Willem M. de Vos

Volume 6, Issue 3
Phytopathogen type III effectors as probes of biological systems
Amy Huei-Yi Lee, Maggie A. Middleton, David S. Guttman and Darrell Desveaux

The potential of effector-target genes in breeding for plant innate immunity
Fleur Gawehns, Ben J. C. Cornelissen and Frank L. W. Takken

Exploiting pathogens' tricks of the trade for engineering of plant disease resistance: challenges and opportunities
Murray R. Grant, Kemal Kazan and John M. Manners

Volume 6, Issue 2
Corynebacterium glutamicum promoters: a practical approach
Miroslav Pátek, Jiří Holátko, Tobias Busche, Jörn Kalinowski and Jan Nešvera

Bio-based production of organic acids with Corynebacterium glutamicum
Stefan Wieschalka, Bastian Blombach, Michael Bott and Bernhard J. Eikmanns

Volume 6, Issue 1
Evolution of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry toxins insecticidal activity
Alejandra Bravo, Isabel Gómez, Helena Porta, Blanca Ines García-Gómez, Claudia Rodriguez-Almazan, Liliana Pardo and Mario Soberón


Volume 5, Issue 6
Catabolism and biotechnological applications of cholesterol degrading bacteria
J. L. García, I. Uhía and B. Galán

Volume 5, Issue 5
Meeting the challenges of medical countermeasure development
Carmen Maher, Jean Hu-Primmer, Tracy MacGill, Brooke Courtney and Luciana Borio

Volume 5, Issue 4
Biofilm formation in Streptococcus pneumoniae
Mirian Domenech, Ernesto García and Miriam Moscoso

Volume 5, Issue 3
Molecular techniques in the biotechnological fight against halogenated compounds in anoxic environments
Chang Ding and Jianzhong He

100 years of microbial electricity production: three concepts for the future
Jan B. A. Arends and Willy Verstraete

Laccase-catalysed oxidations of naturally occurring phenols: from in vivobiosynthetic pathways to green synthetic applications
Jong-Rok Jeon, Petr Baldrian, Kumarasamy Murugesan and Yoon-Seok Chang

Volume 5, Issue 2
New developments and concepts related to biomarker application to vaccines
S. Sohail Ahmed, Steve Black and Jeffrey Ulmer

Vaccination in the elderly
Evelyna Derhovanessian and Graham Pawelec

Hydrogen production by recombinant Escherichia coli strains
Toshinari Maeda, Viviana Sanchez-Torres and Thomas K. Wood

J-LEAPS peptide and LEAPS dendritic cell vaccines
Ken S. Rosenthal, Patricia Taylor and Daniel H. Zimmerman

Relevant uses of surface proteins – display on self-organized biological structures
Anika C. Jahns and Bernd H. A. Rehm

Transcriptional profiling of vaccine-induced immune responses in humans and non-human primates
I-Ming Wang, Andrew J. Bett, Razvan Cristescu, Andrey Loboda and Jan ter Meulen

Cyclic di-nucleotides: new era for small molecules as adjuvants
Rimma Libanova, Pablo D. Becker and Carlos A. Guzmán

Nanoparticles for transcutaneous vaccination
Steffi Hansen and Claus-Michael Lehr

Vaccines for the future: learning from human immunology
Ennio De Gregorio and Rino Rappuoli

Volume 5, Issue 1
Strategies for discovery and improvement of enzyme function: state of the art and opportunities
Praveen Kaul and Yasuhisa Asano

Bio-palladium: from metal recovery to catalytic applications
Simon De Corte, Tom Hennebel, Bart De Gusseme, Willy Verstraete and Nico Boon


Volume 4, Issue 6
Natural products for cancer chemotherapy
Arnold L. Demain and Preeti Vaishnav

Microbiology of nitrogen cycle in animal manure compost
Koki Maeda, Dai Hanajima, Sakae Toyoda, Naohiro Yoshida, Riki Morioka and Takashi Osada

Anaerobic benzene degradation by bacteria
Carsten Vogt, Sabine Kleinsteuber and Hans-Hermann Richnow

Bacteriophages and genetic mobilization in sewage and faecally polluted environments
Maite Muniesa, Lejla Imamovic and Juan Jofre

Volume 4, Issue 5

Ribonucleases and bacterial virulence
Abidat Lawal, Olufisayo Jejelowo, Ashok K. Chopra and Jason A. Rosenzweig

Mathematical models of cell factories: moving towards the core of industrial biotechnology
Marija Cvijovic, Sergio Bordel and Jens Nielsen

Oligonucleotide primers, probes and molecular methods for the environmental monitoring of methanogenic archaea
Takashi Narihiro and Yuji Sekiguchi

Microbiology of ‘Candidatus Accumulibacter’ in activated sludge
Shaomei He and Katherine D. McMahon

Riding the Trojan horse: combating pest insects with their own symbionts
Edouard Jurkevitch

Volume 4, Issue 4
Genetic tool development underpins recent advances in thermophilic whole-cell biocatalysts

M. P. Taylor, L. van Zyl, I. M. Tuffin, D. J. Leak and D. A. Cowan

Biotechnological uses of enzymes from psychrophiles
R. Cavicchioli, T. Charlton, H. Ertan, S. Mohd Omar, K. S. Siddiqui and T. J. Williams

Glyco-engineering in Archaea: differential N-glycosylation of the S-layer glycoprotein in a transformed Haloferax volcanii strain
Doron Calo, Ziqiang Guan and Jerry Eichler

Small-molecule elicitation of microbial secondary metabolites
Robin K. Pettit

Extraction, purification and identification of bacterial signal molecules based on N-acyl homoserine lactones
Jianhua Wang, Chunshan Quan, Xue Wang, Pengchao Zhao and Shengdi Fan

Volume 4, Issue 2
Molecular insights on the biosynthesis of antitumour compounds by actinomycetes

Carlos Olano, Carmen Méndez and José A. Salas

Cross-talk of global nutritional regulators in the control of primary and secondary metabolism in Streptomyces
Juan F Martín, Alberto Sola-Landa, Fernando Santos-Beneit, Lorena T Fernández-Martínez, Carlos Prieto and Antonio Rodríguez-García

Volume 4, Issue 1
New molecular microbiology approaches in the study of Campylobacter fetus

Sabine Kienesberger, Gregor Gorkiewicz, Heimo Wolinski and Ellen L. Zechner

Vaccine development against Neisseria meningitidis
Ulrich Vogel and Heike Claus

Shiga toxin and its use in targeted cancer therapy and imaging
Nikolai Engedal, Tore Skotland, Maria L. Torgersen and Kirsten Sandvig

The ‘LipoYeasts’ project: using the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica in combination with specific bacterial genes for the bioconversion of lipids, fats and oils into high-value products
Julia S. Sabirova, R. Haddouche, I. N. Van Bogaert, F. Mulaa, W. Verstraete, K. N. Timmis, C. Schmidt-Dannert, J. M. Nicaud and W. Soetaert


Volume 3, Issue 6
Plasmid addiction systems: perspectives and applications in biotechnology
Jens Kroll, Stefan Klinter, Cornelia Schneider, Isabella Voß and Alexander Steinbüchel

Comparative genome-wide analysis of small RNAs of major Gram-positive pathogens: from identification to application
Mobarak A. Mraheil, André Billion, Carsten Kuenne, Jordan Pischimarov, Bernd Kreikemeyer, Susanne Engelmann, Axel Hartke, Jean-Christophe Giard, Maja Rupnik, Sonja Vorwerk, Markus Beier, Julia Retey, Thomas Hartsch, Anette Jacob, Franz Cemič, Jürgen Hemberger, Trinad Chakraborty and Torsten Hain

Volume 3, Issue 5
Marine microbial genomics in Europe: current status and perspectives

Frank Oliver Glöckner, Ian Joint

Marine genomics: at the interface of marine microbial ecology and biodiscovery
Karla B. Heidelberg,Jack A. Gilbert, Ian Joint

Bioactive Compounds from Marine Bacteria and Fungi Abdessamad
Debbab, Amal H. Aly, Wen H. Lin, Peter Proksch

Culturing marine bacteria – an essential prerequisite for biodiscovery
Ian Joint, Martin Mühling, Joël Querellou

Volume 3, Issue 4
Adhesion determinants of the Streptococcus species

Monica Moschioni, Werner Pansegrau, Michèle A. Barocchi

The little bacteria that can – diversity, genomics and ecophysiology of ‘Dehalococcoides’ spp. in contaminated environments
Neslihan Taş, Miriam H. A. Van Eekert, Willem M. De Vos, Hauke Smidt

Revolutionizing membrane protein overexpression in bacteria
Susan Schlegel, Mirjam Klepsch, Dimitra Gialama, David Wickström, Dirk Jan Slotboom, Jan-Willem De Gier

Bacterial genotoxicity bioreporters
Alva Biran, Sharon Yagur-Kroll, Rami Pedahzur, Sebastian Buchinger, Georg Reifferscheid, Hadar Ben-Yoav, Yosi Shacham-Diamand, Shimshon Belkin

Volume 3, Issue 3
Virulence regulation in Citrobacter rodentium: the art of timing

Ji Yang, Marija Tauschek, Emily Hart, Elizabeth L. Hartland, Roy M. Robins-Browne

What heat is telling us about microbial conversions in nature and technology: from chip- to megacalorimetry
Thomas Maskow, Richard Kemp, Friederike Buchholz, Torsten Schubert, Baerbel Kiesel, Hauke Harms

Regulation and compartmentalization of β-lactam biosynthesis
Juan F. Martín, Ricardo V. Ullán, Carlos García-Estrada

Volume 3, Issue 2
Production and biological function of volatile esters in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Sofie M. G. Saerens, Freddy R. Delvaux, Kevin J. Verstrepen, Johan M. Thevelein

Volume 3, Issue 1
LOVely enzymes – towards engineering light-controllable biocatalysts

Ulrich Krauss, Jeeyeon Lee, Stephen J. Benkovic, Karl-Erich Jaeger


Volume 2, Issue 6
Bacteriophage biocontrol in animals and meat products
R. J. Atterbury

Volume 2, Issue 5
Waste lipids to energy: how to optimize methane production from long-chain fatty acids (LCFA)

M. Madalena Alves, M. Alcina Pereira, Diana Z. Sousa, Ana J. Cavaleiro, Merijn Picavet, Hauke Smidt, Alfons J. M. Stams

Current state and perspectives of producing biodiesel-like compounds by biotechnology
Stefan Uthoff, Daniel Bröker, Alexander Steinbüchel

Volume 2, Issue 4
Agrobacterium tumefaciens and A. rhizogenes use different proteins to transport bacterial DNA into the plant cell nucleus

Walt Ream

Developing microbe–plant interactions for applications in plant-growth promotion and disease control, production of useful compounds, remediation and carbon sequestration

Cindy H. Wu, Stéphanie M. Bernard, Gary L. Andersen, Wilfred Chen

Nitrilase enzymes and their role in plant–microbe interactions
Andrew J. M. Howden, Gail M. Preston

Bacterial responses and interactions with plants during rhizoremediation
Ana Segura, Sara Rodríguez-Conde, Cayo Ramos, Juan L. Ramos

Volume 2, Issue 3
The role of the cell wall in fungal pathogenesis
David M. Arana, Daniel Prieto, Elvira Román, César Nombela, Rebeca Alonso-Monge, Jesús Pla

Volume 2, Issue 2
Atrazine biodegradation in the lab and in the field: enzymatic activities and gene regulation
Fernando Govantes, Odil Porrúa, Vicente García-González, Eduardo Santero

Chitosan and its antimicrobial potential – a critical literature survey
Dina Raafat, Hans-Georg Sahl

Volume 2, Issue 1
Positively regulated bacterial expression systems
Trygve Brautaset, Rahmi Lale and Svein Valla

Interplay of metagenomics and in vitro compartmentalization
Manuel Ferrer, Ana Beloqui, José María Vieites, María Eugenia Guazzaroni, Ilana Berger and Amir Aharoni


Volume 1, Issue 6
Outlook for benefits of sediment microbial fuel cells with two bio-electrodes
Liesje De Schamphelaire, Korneel Rabaey, Pascal Boeckx, Nico Boon and Willy Verstraete

Do transgenic plants affect rhizobacteria populations?
Martin Filion