Applied microbiology

Applied microbiology is a scientific discipline that deals with the application of microorganisms and the knowledge about them. Applications include biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, food microbiology and bioremediation.

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    A precision approach to probiotics could address the heterogeneity inherent to probiotic strains, the hosts and their microbiomes. Here, we discuss the steps required to develop precision probiotics: mechanistic studies, phenotypic and target-based discovery strategies, and person-centric trials.

    • Patrick Veiga
    • , Jotham Suez
    • , Muriel Derrien
    •  & Eran Elinav
    Nature Microbiology 5, 878-880
  • News and Views |

    By introducing a rationally designed metabolic pathway into the genome of Escherichia coli, Kim et al. have re-engineered central carbon metabolism to utilize the one-carbon intermediates formate and methanol for the first time, thus generating a biological platform for sustainable fuel and chemical production.

    • Mary E. Lidstrom
    •  & Jue Wang
    Nature Metabolism 2, 219-220
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    Resistance to antibiotics is a hot topic in microbiology, but there is much less coverage on resistance to vaccines. The associated risk to disease control has potentially devastating implications, but advances are being made towards smarter vaccine design that reduces the risk of antibiotic-resistant disease.

    • Stephen Bentley
    Nature Microbiology 5, 393-394
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    Mosquitoes have been known for over a century to transmit viruses such as yellow fever. However, laboratory studies to identify the species capable of natural transmission still fail to explain some outbreaks, such as Zika. Now, this paradox is partially explained by a simple methodological shortcoming.

    • Scott C. Weaver
    Nature Microbiology 5, 232-233