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  1. Diversity, Abundance, and Spatial Distribution of Ammonia-Oxidizing β-Proteobacteria in Sediments from Changjiang Estuary and Its Adjacent A...

    Microbial Ecology 67(4):788 (2014) PMID 24362769

    Changjiang Estuary, the largest estuary in China, encompasses a wide range of nutrient loading and trophic levels from the rivers to the sea, providing an ideal natural environment to explore relationships between functional diversity, physical/chemical complexity, and ecosystem function. In this st...
  2. Comparisons of the Fungal and Protistan Communities among Different Marine Sponge Holobionts by Pyrosequencing.

    Microbial Ecology 67(4):951 (2014) PMID 24577740

    To date, the knowledge of eukaryotic communities associated with sponges remains limited compared with prokaryotic communities. In a manner similar to prokaryotes, it could be hypothesized that sponge holobionts have phylogenetically diverse eukaryotic symbionts, and the eukaryotic community structu...
  3. Moderate warming in microcosm experiment does not affect microbial communities in temperate vineyard soils.

    Microbial Ecology 67(3):659 (2014) PMID 24435544

    We collected soil samples from six vineyards characterised by a difference of about 2 °C in daily soil temperature over the year and simulated in a microcosm experiment different temperature regimes over a period of 1 year: seasonal fluctuations in soil temperature based on the average daily soil te...
  4. Genotypic and phenotypic diversity of cyanobacteria in biological soil crusts of the Succulent Karoo and Nama Karoo of southern Africa.

    Microbial Ecology 67(2):286 (2014) PMID 24141940

    We established a first cyanobacterial inventory using the biphasic approach for BSCs within two major biomes of southern Africa. The samples were collected at two different sites in the Succulent Karoo and one in the Nama Karoo. After cultivation and morphological identification, the 16S rRNA gene w...
  5. Low temperature reveals genetic variability against male-killing Spiroplasma in Drosophila melanogaster natural populations.

    Microbial Ecology 67(1):229 (2014) PMID 24121800

    We investigated the presence of variability for the male-killing phenotype among Drosophila and/or Spiroplasma strains and verified if it correlates with the endosymbiont prevalence in natural populations. For that, we analyzed the male-killing expression when Spiroplasma strains from different popu...
  6. The combination of different carbon sources enhances bacterial growth efficiency in aquatic ecosystems.

    Microbial Ecology 66(4):871 (2013) PMID 23963223

    We evaluated the response of several metabolic parameters, including bacterial biomass production (BP), bacterial respiration (BR), bacterial growth efficiency (BGE), and bacterial community structure, on the presence of three DOC sources alone and in combination. We hypothesized that the mixture of...
  7. Importance of inoculum properties on the structure and growth of bacterial communities during Recolonisation of humus soil with different pH...

    Microbial Ecology 66(2):416 (2013) PMID 23512353

    The relationship between community structure and growth and pH tolerance of a soil bacterial community was studied after liming in a reciprocal inoculum study. An unlimed (UL) humus soil with a pH of 4.0 was fumigated with chloroform for 4 h, after which < 1 % of the initial bacterial activity remai...
  8. Microbiomes.

    Microbial Ecology 65(4):916 (2013) PMID 23604403

    We get a perspective on where the science is headed and what we expect to learn as additional studies unfold....
  9. Does the reproductive strategy affect the transmission and genetic diversity of bionts in cyanolichens? A case study using two closely relat...

    Microbial Ecology 65(2):517 (2013) PMID 23184157

    We evaluated the influence of the reproductive strategies of cyanolichen species on the current levels of population genetic diversity of bionts. To eliminate any phylogenetic noise, we selected two closely related species within the genus Degelia, which only differ in their reproductive systems. We...
  10. Decomposing predation: testing for parameters that correlate with predatory performance by a social bacterium.

    Microbial Ecology 65(2):415 (2013) PMID 23184156 PMCID PMC3563865

    We quantified five predation-related parameters during M. xanthus growth on nine phylogenetically diverse bacterial prey species. The horizontal expansion rate of swarming predator colonies fueled by prey lawns served as our measure of overall predatory performance, as it incorporates both the searc...