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Aeronautics and space microbiomes

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In this special series in Microbiome and Environmental Microbiome, we highlight articles that explore the microbiome of aeronautics and space. 

The study of off planet/extraterrestrial, space vehicle and spacecraft microbiomes provides insight on the impact of space travel on human health, characterization of how the environment impacts microbial communities in space vehicles/spacecraft and microbiota dynamics of space built environments. 

  1. Content type: Research

    Space environment imposes a range of challenges to mammalian physiology and the gut microbiota, and interactions between the two are thought to be important in mammalian health in space. While previous finding...

    Authors: Peng Jiang, Stefan J. Green, George E. Chlipala, Fred W. Turek and Martha Hotz Vitaterna

    Citation: Microbiome 2019 7:113

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    The International Space Station (ISS) is a closed system inhabited by microorganisms originating from life support systems, cargo, and crew that are exposed to unique selective pressures such as microgravity. ...

    Authors: Aleksandra Checinska Sielaff, Camilla Urbaniak, Ganesh Babu Malli Mohan, Victor G. Stepanov, Quyen Tran, Jason M. Wood, Jeremiah Minich, Daniel McDonald, Teresa Mayer, Rob Knight, Fathi Karouia, George E. Fox and Kasthuri Venkateswaran

    Citation: Microbiome 2019 7:50

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  3. Content type: Research

    The International Space Station (ISS) is an ideal test bed for studying the effects of microbial persistence and succession on a closed system during long space flight. Culture-based analyses, targeted gene-ba...

    Authors: Nitin Kumar Singh, Jason M. Wood, Fathi Karouia and Kasthuri Venkateswaran

    Citation: Microbiome 2018 6:204

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Microbiome 2018 6:214

  4. Content type: Research

    The ExoMars 2016 mission, consisting of the Trace Gas Orbiter and the Schiaparelli lander, was launched on March 14 2016 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan and reached its destination in October 2016. The Schiaparelli ...

    Authors: Kaisa Koskinen, Petra Rettberg, Rüdiger Pukall, Anna Auerbach, Lisa Wink, Simon Barczyk, Alexandra Perras, Alexander Mahnert, Diana Margheritis, Gerhard Kminek and Christine Moissl-Eichinger

    Citation: Microbiome 2017 5:143

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  5. Content type: Research

    The Mars500 project was conceived as the first full duration simulation of a crewed return flight to Mars. For 520 days, six crew members lived confined in a specifically designed spacecraft mock-up. The herei...

    Authors: Petra Schwendner, Alexander Mahnert, Kaisa Koskinen, Christine Moissl-Eichinger, Simon Barczyk, Reinhard Wirth, Gabriele Berg and Petra Rettberg

    Citation: Microbiome 2017 5:129

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  6. Content type: Research

    Space travel is associated with continuous low dose rate exposure to high linear energy transfer (LET) radiation. Pathophysiological manifestations after low dose radiation exposure are strongly influenced by non...

    Authors: David Casero, Kirandeep Gill, Vijayalakshmi Sridharan, Igor Koturbash, Gregory Nelson, Martin Hauer-Jensen, Marjan Boerma, Jonathan Braun and Amrita K. Cheema

    Citation: Microbiome 2017 5:105

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  7. Content type: Research

    The built environment of the International Space Station (ISS) is a highly specialized space in terms of both physical characteristics and habitation requirements. It is unique with respect to conditions of mi...

    Authors: Nicholas A. Be, Aram Avila-Herrera, Jonathan E. Allen, Nitin Singh, Aleksandra Checinska Sielaff, Crystal Jaing and Kasthuri Venkateswaran

    Citation: Microbiome 2017 5:81

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Microbiome 2017 5:111

  8. Content type: Research

    The intestinal microbial communities and their temporal dynamics are gaining increasing interest due to the significant implications for human health. Recent studies have shown the dynamic behavior of the gut ...

    Authors: Silvia Turroni, Simone Rampelli, Elena Biagi, Clarissa Consolandi, Marco Severgnini, Clelia Peano, Sara Quercia, Matteo Soverini, Franck G. Carbonero, Giovanna Bianconi, Petra Rettberg, Francesco Canganella, Patrizia Brigidi and Marco Candela

    Citation: Microbiome 2017 5:39

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  9. Content type: Research

    The International Space Station (ISS) represents a unique biotope for the human crew but also for introduced microorganisms. Microbes experience selective pressures such as microgravity, desiccation, poor nutr...

    Authors: Maximilian Mora, Alexandra Perras, Tatiana A. Alekhova, Lisa Wink, Robert Krause, Alina Aleksandrova, Tatiana Novozhilova and Christine Moissl-Eichinger

    Citation: Microbiome 2016 4:65

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  10. Content type: Research

    For potential future human missions to the Moon or Mars and sustained presence in the International Space Station, a safe enclosed habitat environment for astronauts is required. Potential microbial contaminat...

    Authors: Teresa Mayer, Adriana Blachowicz, Alexander J. Probst, Parag Vaishampayan, Aleksandra Checinska, Tiffany Swarmer, Pablo de Leon and Kasthuri Venkateswaran

    Citation: Microbiome 2016 4:22

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  11. Content type: Research

    The International Space Station (ISS) is a unique built environment due to the effects of microgravity, space radiation, elevated carbon dioxide levels, and especially continuous human habitation. Understandin...

    Authors: Aleksandra Checinska, Alexander J. Probst, Parag Vaishampayan, James R. White, Deepika Kumar, Victor G. Stepanov, George E. Fox, Henrik R. Nilsson, Duane L. Pierson, Jay Perry and Kasthuri Venkateswaran

    Citation: Microbiome 2015 3:50

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