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Tracking Staphylococcus aureus in the intensive care unit using Whole-Genome Sequencing

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Dancer, S. J., Adams, C. E., Smith, J., Pichon, B., Kearns, A., & Morrison, D. (2019)
Tracking Staphylococcus aureus in the intensive care unit using Whole-Genome Sequencing. Journal of Hospital Infection, 103(1), 13–20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2019.04.016
Background: Staphylococcus aureus remains an important bacterial pathogen worldwide. This study utilized known staphylococcal epidemiology to track S. aureus between different...

Bacterial endophytes of mangrove propagules elicit early establishment of the natural host and promote growth of cereal crops under salt stress

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Soldan, R., Mapelli, F., Crotti, E., Schnell, S., Daffonchio, D., Marasco, R., …Cardinale, M. (2019)
Bacterial endophytes of mangrove propagules elicit early establishment of the natural host and promote growth of cereal crops under salt stress. Microbiological Research, 223, 33-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micres.2019.03.008
Mangroves, dominating tropical intertidal zones and estuaries, are among the most salt tolerant plants, and propagate through reproductive units called propagules. Similarly t...

The role of fungi in heterogeneous sediment microbial networks

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Booth, J., Fusi, M., Marasco, R., Michoud, G., Fodelianakis, S., Merlino, G., & Daffonchio, D. (2019)
The role of fungi in heterogeneous sediment microbial networks. Scientific Reports, 9, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-43980-3
While prokaryote community diversity and function have been extensively studied in soils and sediments, the functional role of fungi, despite their huge diversity, is widely u...

The symbiotic spectrum: where do the gregarines fit?

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Rueckert, S., Betts, E. L., & Tsaousis, A. D. (2019)
The symbiotic spectrum: where do the gregarines fit?. Trends in Parasitology, 35(9), 687-694. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2019.06.013
Gregarine apicomplexans are closely related to parasites such as Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, and Cryptosporidium, which are causing severe health and economic burdens. Colonizing ...

Dynamics of bacterial communities in relation to soil aggregate formation during the decomposition of 13C-labelled rice straw

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Blaud, A., Lerch, T., Chevallier, T., Nunan, N., Chenu, C., & Brauman, A. (2012)
Dynamics of bacterial communities in relation to soil aggregate formation during the decomposition of 13C-labelled rice straw. Applied Soil Ecology, 53, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2011.11.005
The addition of fresh organic matter is known to modify both microbial community structure and soil aggregation. The objective of this study was to understand the relationship...

Estimating excess length of stay due to healthcare-associated infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis of statistical methodology

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Manoukian, S., Stewart, S., Dancer, S., Graves, N., Mason, H., McFarland, A., …Reilly, J. (2018)
Estimating excess length of stay due to healthcare-associated infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis of statistical methodology. Journal of Hospital Infection, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2018.06.003
Background Healthcare-associated infection (HAI) affects millions of patients worldwide. HAI is associated with increased healthcare costs, owing primarily to increased hospit...

Sources and survival of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh, leafy produce

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on fresh, leafy produce. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 125(4), 930-942. https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.14025

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on fresh, leafy produce. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 125(4), 930-942. https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.14025
Listeria monocytogenes in an intracellular human pathogen which enters the body through contaminated food stuffs and is known to contaminate fresh leafy produce such as spinac...

Missing a trick? Response to: ‘Disinfectant wipes are appropriate to control microbial bioburden from surfaces’

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Dancer, S. (2016)
Missing a trick? Response to: ‘Disinfectant wipes are appropriate to control microbial bioburden from surfaces’. Journal of Hospital Infection, 92(2), 208-209. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2015.10.020
Letter to Editor. Refers to - J.-Y. Maillard, S.A. Sattar, C. Bradley Missing a trick? Response to: ‘Disinfectant wipes are appropriate to control microbial bioburden from su...

Metal cation uptake by yeast: a review

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Blackwell, K. J., Singleton, I., & Tobin, J. M. (1995)
Metal cation uptake by yeast: a review. Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 43(4), 579-584. https://doi.org/10.1007/s002530050454
This review addresses metal uptake specifically by yeast. Metal uptake may be passive, active or both, depending on the viability of the biomass, and is influenced by a number...

Beware Biofilm! Dry biofilms containing bacterial pathogens on multiple healthcare surfaces; a multicentre study

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Ledwoch, K., Dancer, S., Otter, J., Kerr, K., Roposte, D., Rushton, L., …Maillard, J. (2018)
Beware Biofilm! Dry biofilms containing bacterial pathogens on multiple healthcare surfaces; a multicentre study. Journal of Hospital Infection, doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2018.06.028
Background Wet biofilms associated with medical devices have been widely studied and their link with healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) is well recognized. Little attent...