FEMS Affiliates Letter May 2019 - Page 4

PUBLICATIONS FEMS Microbiology Reviews Review Interaction of bacteria and stem cells in health and disease Adult stem and progenitor cells possess unique qualities of proliferative capacity and phenotypic plasticity making their potential interactions with pathogenic and commensal bacteria a significant factor in health and disease. In this review, the authors present current knowledge on the diverse interactions between bacteria and stem cells highlighting the consequences for health and disease. Authors: Fiona O’Rourke and Volkhard A J Kempf DOI: doi.org/10.1093/femsre/fuz003 > Research Article Pathogenic budding yeasts isolated outside of clinical settings Here the authors describe the isolation of more than 50 strains of budding yeast opportunistic pathogens from natural settings, suggesting that they have more complex ecology than is currently appreciated. They founds that as a group, pathogenic yeasts were positively associated with fruits and soil environments, whereas the species Pichia kudriavzevii had a significant association with plants. Authors: Opulente et al. DOI: doi.org/10.1093/femsyr/foz032 > FEMS Microbiology Ecology FEMS Microbiology Letters MiniReview Research Letter Dense communities of carotenoid-rich halophiles color the brines of most saltern crystallizer ponds red. But red saltern brines were not mentioned in the western literature before the 18th century, probably because the way saltern crystallizers were operated did not support massive development of halophilic microorganisms. Land plants directly contact soil through their roots. An enormous diversity of microbes dwelling in root-associated zones, including endosphere (inside root), rhizoplane (root surface) and rhizosphere (soil surrounding the root surface), play essential roles in ecosystem functioning and plant health. This mini-review summarizes the current understanding of microbial diversity of rice root-associated compartments to some extent, especially the rhizosphere, and makes a comparison of rhizosphere microbial community structures between rice and other crops/plants. Authors: Aharon Orena and Fan-Wei Meng Authors: Long-Jun Ding et al. ‘Red – the magic color for solar salt production’ – but since when? DOI: doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnz050 > Pathogens and Disease Research Article P. aeruginosa flow-cell biofilms are enhanced by repeated phage treatments but can be eradicated by phage–ciprofloxacin combination: —monitoring the phage–P. aeruginosa biofilms interactions Phage therapy has shown promising results in the treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm infections in animal studies and case reports. The aim of this study was to quantify effects of phage treatments on P. aeruginosa biofilm production and structure. Authors: Henriksen et al. DOI: doi.org/10.1093/femspd/ftz011 > 4 FEMS Yeast Research Microbiomes inhabiting rice roots and rhizosphere DOI: doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiz040 > Microbiology in Action II We are pleased to announce a new collaboration with eight of our Member Societies. Between us, FEMS and these Societies are responsible for the publication of twenty peer-reviewed academic journals, giving microbiologists in a wide range of research fields the opportunity to share their latest findings and views. This second instalment of the “Microbiology in Action” virtual issue features recent articles on the role that microorganisms play in the environment, industry and our daily lives. Enjoy the collection and scroll down to find out more about the participating Societies. Estonia Russia United Kingdom Czech Republic France Bosnia Albania Read Microbiology in Action II > MAY 2019