Microbial ecology

Microbial ecology is the study of the interactions of microorganisms with their environment, each other, and plant and animal species. It includes the study of symbioses, biogeochemical cycles and the interaction of microbes with anthropogenic effects such as pollution and climate change.

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    A survey of 16S rRNA sequences of the skin microbiomes of amphibians across the globe reveals links between climate and species richness as well as potential bacterial gene functions. The work paves the way for mechanistic studies of how the environment affects microbial community assembly.

    • Andrea J. Jani
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    This study shows that the interaction between two sessile soil bacteria leads to emergence of interspecies social spreading.

    • Andrea Du Toit
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    A modelling study suggests that the ecology of host co-colonisation may play a key role in shaping population-level frequencies of antibiotic resistance in commensal bacteria.

    • Sonja Lehtinen
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    Two soil respiration studies conducted at different spatial and temporal extents each find evidence that thermal adaptation of microbial communities compensates for loss of soil carbon under idealized conditions.

    • Charlotte J. Alster
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    The early identification of repetitive genomic loci in Haloferax species was instrumental in igniting interest in CRISPR–Cas systems. Now, work in this genus has revealed an important role of CRISPR–Cas in reducing an unusual form of inter-species archaeal mating that occurs by cell fusion.

    • Peter C. Fineran