FEMS Microbiology Reviews
Interaction of bacteria and stem cells in health and
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 >
Pathogenic budding yeasts isolated outside of
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
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
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
Authors: Henriksen et al.
DOI: doi.org/10.1093/femspd/ftz011 >
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
Read Microbiology in Action II >