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The plant microbiome

This Collection contains Review and Research articles that cover advances in plant microbiome research and address community assembly, dynamics, metabolic interactions or functional properties

Latest Reviews

  • Perspective |

    In this Perspective, Su, Du and Jiang discuss lessons from previous vaccine development efforts for other viruses and how the mechanisms of vaccine-associated disease enhancement seen in some viral infections can inform the development of a safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccine.

    • Shan Su
    • , Lanying Du
    •  & Shibo Jiang
  • Review Article |

    In this Review, Vandenberg et al. explore the crucial role of diagnostic tests during the first global wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the technical and implementation problems encountered during the early phase of the pandemic, and they define future directions for the progressive and better use of diagnostics during a possible resurgence of COVID-19 in future global waves or regional outbreaks.

    • Olivier Vandenberg
    • , Delphine Martiny
    • , Olivier Rochas
    • , Alex van Belkum
    •  & Zisis Kozlakidis
  • Review Article |

    Viruses are extremely diverse and not all of this diversity has been captured so far. In this Review, Martínez Martínez, Martinez-Hernandez and Martinez-Garcia explore the potential and limitations of single-virus genomics and how this emerging technology can complement other methods.

    • Joaquín Martínez Martínez
    • , Francisco Martinez-Hernandez
    •  & Manuel Martinez-Garcia
  • Review Article |

    The textbook view of the viral life cycle depicts uniform, discrete steps. However, growing evidence shows considerable phenotypic and morphological heterogeneity during viral infection. In this Review, Lakdawala and colleagues highlight host and viral heterogeneity and its causes and consequences.

    • Jennifer E. Jones
    • , Valerie Le Sage
    •  & Seema S. Lakdawala
  • Review Article |

    In this Review, Shi and colleagues summarize the exceptional amount of research that has characterized acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) since this virus has swept around the globe. They discuss what we know so far about the emergence and virology of SARS-CoV-2 and the pathogenesis and treatment of COVID-19.

    • Ben Hu
    • , Hua Guo
    • , Peng Zhou
    •  & Zheng-Li Shi
  • Perspective |

    We know a lot about antibiotics and their targets; however, how antibiotics actually kill bacteria is not entirely clear and is up for debate. In this Perspective, Baquero and Levin reflect on this ultimate action of antibiotics and consider different mechanisms and modulating factors.

    • Fernando Baquero
    •  & Bruce R. Levin

News & Comment

  • Research Highlight |

    Two recent studies use electron cryomicroscopy to determine the architecture of bacterial flagellum stator complexes.

    • Akila Sridhar
  • In Brief |

    This study reported the discovery of two new relatives of rubella virus, ruhugu virus in bats and rustrela virus in mice.

    • Grant Otto
  • In Brief |

    This study provides evidence that bacterial nanotubes produced by Bacillus subtilis and other bacteria are a feature of cell death rather than physiological structures.

    • Grant Otto
  • In Brief |

    This study found that Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms impede the motility of the nematode bacterivore Caenorhabditis elegans.

    • Grant Otto
  • Comment |

    A global assessment of the structure and function of the crop microbiome is urgently needed for the development of effective and rationally designed microbiome technologies for sustainable agriculture. Such an effort will provide new knowledge on the key ecological and evolutionary interactions between plant species and their microbiomes that can be harnessed for increasing agriculture productivity.

    • Brajesh K. Singh
    • , Pankaj Trivedi
    • , Eleonora Egidi
    • , Catriona A. Macdonald
    •  & Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo
  • Research Highlight |

    In this study, the authors have used a modular approach to create synthetic acetylation-resistant streptogramins.

    • M. Teresa Villanueva


Diet, microbiome and immune homeostasis

Alisdair Macdonald

Diet, microbiome and immune homeostasis

Nutrition and diet influence human health and development through their effects on the gut microbiome and host immune homeostasis.

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