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Thematic Issue: Ecology of Soil Microorganisms

FEMS Microbiology Ecology, FEMS Microbiology Letters, and FEMS Microbiology Reviews are pleased to present a joint thematic issue on ‘Ecology of Soil Microorganisms’ bringing together papers that focus on various aspects of soil microbial ecology. Edited by Petr Baldrian, Wietse de Boer, Kornelia Smalla, and Angela Sessitsch, in association with the conference ‘Ecology of Soil Microorganisms – Microbes as important drivers of soil processes’ Prague, November 29th - December 3rd 2015.

Editorial: Special thematic issue on the ecology of soil microorganisms
Petr Baldrian
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw237

Bacterial and fungal colonization and decomposition of submerged plant litter: consequences for biogenic silica dissolution
Hanna Alfredsson, Wim Clymans, Johanna Stadmark, Daniel Conley, Johannes Rousk
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw011

Changes of soil prokaryotic communities after clear cutting in a karst forest: evidences for cutting-based disturbance promoting deterministic processes
Xiao Zhang, Shirong Liu, Xiangzhen Li, Jingxin Wang, Qiong Ding, Hui Wang, Chao Tian, Minjie Yao, Jiaxing An, Yongtao Huang
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw026 

Impact of alien pines on local arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities – evidence from two continents
Antonio Gazol, Martin Zobel, Juan José Cantero, John Davison, Karen J. Esler, Teele Jairus, Maarja Öpik, Martti Vasar, Mari Moora
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw073

Intraspecific competition between ectomycorrhizal Pisolithus microcarpus isolates impacts plant and fungal performance under elevated CO2 and temperature
S. Hortal, J. R. Powell, J. M. Plett, A. Simonin, I. C. Anderson
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw113

Mechanism of biological denitrification inhibition (BDI): procyanidins induce an allosteric transition of the membrane-bound NO3-reductase through membrane alteration
Clément Bardon, Franck Poly, Florence Piola, Muriel Pancton, Gilles Comte, Guillaume Meiffren, Feth el Zahar Haichar
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw034 

Methane and carbon dioxide flux in the profile of wood ant (Formica aquilonia) nests and the surrounding forest floor during a laboratory incubation
Veronika Jílková, Tomáš Picek, Martina Šestauberová, Václav Krištůfek, Tomáš Cajthaml, Jan Frouz
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw141 

Monitoring the impact of bioaugmentation with a PAH-degrading strain on different soil microbiomes using pyrosequencing
Sabrina Festa, Marianela Macchi, Federico Cortés, Irma S. Morelli, Bibiana M. Coppotelli
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw125

Role of secondary metabolites in the interaction between Pseudomonas fluorescens and soil microorganisms under iron-limited conditions
Aurélie Deveau, Harald Gross, Béatrice Palin, Samina Mehnaz, Max Schnepf, Pierre Leblond, Pieter C. Dorrestein, Bertrand Aigle
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw107

Symbiont dynamics during ecosystem succession: co-occurring plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities
David García de León, Mari Moora, Maarja Öpik, Lena Neuenkamp, Maret Gerz, Teele Jairus, Martti Vasar, C. Guillermo Bueno, John Davison, Martin Zobel
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw097 

Multiscale assemblage of an ectomycorrhizal fungal community: the influence of host functional traits and soil properties in a 10-ha miombo forest
David Bauman, Olivier Raspé, Pierre Meerts, Jérôme Degreef, Jonathan Ilunga Muledi, Thomas Drouet
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw151

Land-use intensity and host plant simultaneously shape the composition of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in a Mediterranean drained peatland
Valentina Ciccolini, Laura Ercoli, John Davison, Martti Vasar, Maarja Öpik, Elisa Pellegrino
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw186

Impact of poplar-based phytomanagement on soil properties and microbial communities in a metal-contaminated site
Julie Foulon, Cyril Zappelini, Alexis Durand, Benoit Valot, Damien Blaudez, Michel Chalot
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw163

Long-term CO2 injection and its impact on near-surface soil microbiology
Simone Gwosdz, Julia M. West, David Jones, Jana Rakoczy, Kay Green, Tom Barlow, Marco Blöthe, Karon Smith, Michael Steven, Martin Krüger
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw193​

Chemotaxis and adherence to fungal surfaces are key components of the behavioral response of Burkholderia terrae BS001 to two selected soil fungi
Irshad Ul Haq, Renata Oliveira da Rocha Calixto, Pu Yang, Giulia Maria Pires dos Santos, Eliana Barreto-Bergter, Jan Dirk van Elsas
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw164​

Intrinsic factors of Peltigera lichens influence the structure of the associated soil bacterial microbiota
Diego Leiva, Claudia Clavero-León, Margarita Carú, Julieta Orlando
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw178​

Coping with copper: legacy effect of copper on potential activity of soil bacteria following a century of exposure
Inês Nunes, Samuel Jacquiod, Asker Brejnrod, Peter E. Holm, Anders Johansen, Kristian K. Brandt, Anders Priemé, Søren J. Sørensen
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw175​

Active microorganisms in forest soils differ from the total community yet are shaped by the same environmental factors: the influence of pH and soil moisture
Karl J. Romanowicz, Zachary B. Freedman, Rima A. Upchurch, William A. Argiroff, Donald R. Zak
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw149​

Strong linkage between plant and soil fungal communities along a successional coastal dune system
Alice Roy-Bolduc, Etienne Laliberté, Stéphane Boudreau, Mohamed Hijri
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw156​

Vertical and seasonal dynamics of fungal communities in boreal Scots pine forest soil
Minna Santalahti, Hui Sun, Ari Jumpponen, Taina Pennanen, Jussi Heinonsalo
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw170​

The effect of peat and iron supplements on the severity of potato common scab and bacterial community in tuberosphere soil
Ensyeh Sarikhani, Marketa Sagova-Mareckova, Marek Omelka, Jan Kopecky
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw206​

Small-scale spatial heterogeneity of ecosystem properties, microbial community composition and microbial activities in a temperate mountain forest soil
Martina Štursová, Jiří Bárta, Hana Šantrůčková, Petr Baldrian
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw185​

Bacterial succession on decomposing leaf litter exhibits a specific occurrence pattern of cellulolytic taxa and potential decomposers of fungal mycelia
Vojtěch Tláskal, Jana Voříšková, Petr Baldrian
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw177​

Cyanobacterial diversity of western European biological soil crusts along a latitudinal gradient
Laura Williams, Katharina Loewen-Schneider, Stefanie Maier, Burkhard Büdel
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw157​

Soil DNA metabarcoding and high-throughput sequencing as a forensic tool: considerations, potential limitations and recommendations
J.M. Young, J.J Austin, L.S Weyrich
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw207​

Drivers of yeast community composition in the litter and soil of a temperate forest
Tereza Mašínová, Barbara Doreen Bahnmann, Tomáš Větrovský, Michal Tomšovský, Kristina Merunková, Petr Baldrian
FEMS Microbiology Ecology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw223

A novel isolate and widespread abundance of the candidate alphaproteobacterial order (Ellin 329), in southern Appalachian peatlands
Austin B. Harbison, Michael A. Carson, Louis J. Lamit, Nathan Basiliko, Suzanna L. Bräuer
FEMS Microbiology Letters DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnw151

Identification of active aerobic methanotrophs in plateau wetlands using DNA stable isotope probing
Yongcui Deng, Xiaoyong Cui, Marc G. Dumont
FEMS Microbiology Letters DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnw168

Fire regime, not time-since-fire, affects soil fungal community diversity and composition in temperate grasslands
Eleonora Egidi, Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, John W. Morgan, Tom May, Ben Zeeman, Ashley E. Franks
FEMS Microbiology Letters DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnw196

Mercury resistance transposons in Bacilli strains from different geographical regions
Kazuaki Matsui, Satoshi Yoshinami, Masaru Narita, Mei-Fang Chien, Le T. Phung, Simon Silver, Ginro Endo
FEMS Microbiology Letters DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnw013

Phylogenetic diversity of rhizobial species and symbiovars nodulating Phaseolus vulgaris in Iran
Kiomars Rouhrazi, Gholam Khodakaramian, Encarna Velázquez
FEMS Microbiology Letters DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnw024

Methanogen communities in a municiple landfill complex in China
Wei Tang, Yangqing Wang, Yu Lei, Liyan Song
FEMS Microbiology Letters DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnw075

Bacterial biodegradation of neonicotinoid pesticides in soil and water systems
Sarfraz Hussain, Carol J. Hartley, Madhura Shettigar, Gunjan Pandey
FEMS Microbiology Letters DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnw252

Forest microbiome: diversity, complexity and dynamics
Petr Baldrian
FEMS Microbiology Reviews DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsre/fuw040

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