Water microbiology articles from across Nature Portfolio

Water 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 water. This is also known as marine microbiology, which is a subdiscipline of environmental microbiology.

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  • Research Highlights |

    Vincent et al. investigate the impact of viral infection on the microbial communities of algal blooms and carbon cycling.

    • Agustina Taglialegna
  • Editorial
    | Open Access

    The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged scientists and the general population to think more than ever before about how we interact with microbes in our indoor spaces. Research investigating transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has advanced our knowledge significantly in the last two years. However, indoor and built environment microbiomes are extremely complex polymicrobial systems. We have barely scratched the surface in our understanding of the microbial inhabitants of our indoor and urban spaces. The Microbes in the Built Environment Collection showcases recent research in this important topic around the globe.

    • Lena Ciric
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Humankind relies on host–microbe symbioses and the ecosystems they form for diverse services, including food and health. It is important to understand how symbioses will fare in a world facing rapid global change and how adaptation and resilience of symbioses can be aided to secure their services for future generations.

    • Ute Hentschel
  • News & Views |

    Cyanobacteria, which produce ~25% of global oxygen, also release around 100 times more hydrocarbons into the ocean than all petroleum sources. A cryptic microbial cycle explains why these hydrocarbons do not accumulate in the sea.

    • Terry J. McGenity
    • , Boyd A. McKew
    •  & David J. Lea-Smith
    Nature Microbiology 6, 419-420