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    Dictyostelium density linked to predatory success

    Farmer and non-farmer clones of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum do not differ in their ability to consume novel toxic strains of E. coli with increased numbers of bacteria or amoebae improving their respective likelihood of competitive victory over the other.

    BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:328
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    Location influences saliva microbiome

    The human saliva microbiome shows distinct differences between populations living in different climate and geographic regions, indicating that location must be taken into account when defining the global salivary microbiome for health and disease studies.

    BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:316
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    Magnetospirillum sp. pMbN1 prefers benzoate

    The denitrifying alphaproteobacterium Magnetospirillum sp. pMbN1 shows a preference for benzoate over succinate and 4-methylbenzoate when grown under anaerobic conditions, in contrast to other bacterial strains studied, and may reflect a tuning towards metabolic efficiency.

    BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:269
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    Classic macroautophagy not needed by Brucella

    Contrary to previous results the zoonotic pathogen Brucella melitensi, like Brucella abortus, does not subvert the the classical macroautophagy pathway to reach its replicative niche or to stimulate its replication.

    BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:223
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    Evolution of bacterial symbionts

    Closely related bacteria from a monophyletic clade of symbionts (‘Candidatus Streptomyces philanthi’) found in solitary digger wasps can experience very different evolutionary trajectories in response to the symbiotic lifestyle, which is reflected in different degrees of metabolic versatility and host-dependency.

    BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:202
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