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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    While large-scale climate-associated changes are becoming increasingly visible, our understanding of changes in the microbial world remains limited. Now a study takes advantage of a tropical microecosystem to disentangle the direct and indirect impacts of increased temperatures on the microbiomes of animals.

    • Obed Hernández-Gómez
  • Research Highlights |

    A recent study reports that anthropogenic land use causes major changes in the diversity and taxonomic composition of reservoir hosts for pathogens, with implications for the emergence of zoonotic diseases.

    • Ashley York
  • News and Views |

    Iron-scavenging molecules called siderophores that are produced by the native microbial residents of plant roots fend off plant pathogens such as Ralstonia solanacearum.

    • Shaul Pollak
    •  & Otto X. Cordero
    Nature Microbiology 5, 978-979
  • News and Views |

    Marine bacteria that produce an enormous panoply of glycan-degrading enzymes are identified as having a role in releasing fixed carbon present in glycan-rich cell walls of brown algae.

    • Fiona Cuskin
    •  & Elisabeth C. Lowe
    Nature Microbiology 5, 980-981