Soil microbiology

Soil microbiology is the scientific discipline that is concerned with the study of all biological aspects of the microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, parasites and protozoa) that exist in the soil environment. This is a subdiscipline of environmental microbiology.

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  • Research Highlights |

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

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • Research Highlights |

    Three studies provide insights into the microbial lineages involved in carbon processing in thawing permafrost, the role of viruses in soil carbon cycling, and the pattern, extent and scientific implications of sampling bias in environmental field research across the Arctic.

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • News and Views |

    Antibiotic resistance against β-lactams is of paramount therapeutic importance. Although such resistance is known to involve degradation by hydrolysis, the molecular details of what happens next remain unclear. A new study reveals how soil microbes perform β-lactam catabolism and how this process can support bacterial growth.

    • Christopher J. Schofield
    Nature Microbiology 3, 752-753
  • News and Views |

    The coupling of root nutrient exudation by plants with microbial nutrient utilization preferences helps drive the assembly of rhizosphere microbiomes, enabling the use of metabolite interaction traits to engineer favourable microbial communities on roots.

    • Gwyn A. Beattie
    Nature Microbiology 3, 396-397