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13 Jun 2019

Artificial intelligence in the lab: ask not what your computer can do for you

Dick de Ridder. In 1957, Herbert Simon, a pioneer of artificial intelligence, predicted that a computer would be the world chess champion within 10 years. It took somewhat longer, but he was eventually proven right when IBM's Deep Blue computer beat Gary Kasparov in 1997...

13 Jun 2019

A quantitative method to assess the role of indoor air decontamination to simultaneously reduce contamination of environmental surfaces: testing with vegetative and spore‐forming bacteria

B. Zargar S.A. Sattar J.R. Rubino M.K. Ijaz. Indoor air can spread pathogens, which can be removed/inactivated by a variety of means in healthcare and other settings. We quantitatively assessed if air decontamination could also simultaneously reduce environmental surface contamination in the same setting. Two types of vegetative bacteria...

13 Jun 2019

A vision for a ‘microbcentric’ future

Ricardo Cavicchioli. Microbes are the most abundant lifeforms on the planet and perform functions critical for all other life to exist. Environmental ‘omic’ technologies provide the capacity to discover the ‘what, how and why’ of indigenous species...

13 Jun 2019

2038 – When microbes rule the Earth

Terry J. McGenity. In celebration of the 20th birthday of the journal Environmental Microbiology, I add a small, personal perspective on where I think the field of environmental microbiology/microbial ecology will go (or perhaps more accurately, should go) in the next 20 years...

13 Jun 2019

Predicting how evolution will beat us

Tom Ellis. Most biotechnological applications of microbiology have well‐characterized cells growing in defined and stable environments. Yet even in such idyllic conditions, we fear the two powers of evolution: mutation and selection Why?

13 Jun 2019

Microalgae–bacteria symbiosis in microalgal growth and biofuel production: a review

S. Yao, S. Lyu, Y. An, J. Lu, C. Gjermansen, A. Schramm. Photosynthetic microalgae can capture solar energy and convert it to bioenergy and biochemical products. In nature or industrial processes, microalgae live together with bacterial communities and may maintain symbiotic relationships...

13 Jun 2019

Key characteristics of foods with an elevated risk for viral enteropathogen contamination

T. Yeargin, K.E. Gibson. Viral enteropathogens are one of the leading causative agents of foodborne illnesses in both the United States and the European Union. While human noroviruses and hepatitis A virus cause the vast majority of outbreaks and illnesses, there are handful of human enteric viruses that contribute to sporadic outbreaks worldwide including...

13 Jun 2019

Identification and removal of contaminating microbial DNA from PCR reagents: impact on low‐biomass microbiome analyses

L.F. Stinson, J.A. Keelan, M.S. Payne. Inhibition of Aspergillus flavus growth and its aflatoxins production using the biocontrol agent Saccharomyces cerevisiae as well as to explore its mode of action was studied. Eight strains of S. cerevisiae strains were able to suppress the growth of A. flavus Z103. The maximum growth inhibition...

13 Jun 2019

A viral reckoning: viruses emerge as essential manipulators of global ecosystems

Simon Roux, Jennifer R. Brum. Viruses are integral components and critical regulators of microbial ecosystems. In terms of numbers alone, virus‐like particles seemingly outnumber microbial cells in every ecosystem...

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