Microbiology TodayNovember 2006 - Systematics
Being small and abundant has led to many problems
with the classification of micro-organisms. This issue of Microbiology
Today looks at microbial systematics.
Genome sequence data are raising questions over the definition of bacterial 'species', as W. Ford Doolittle explains.
Taxonomic parameters revisited: tarnished gold standards
Erko Stackebrandt and Jonas Ebers describe how molecular standards used to characterize species are outdated and may require re-defining.
Virus systematics: taxonomy for the tiny
A host of factors complicate the classification of viruses. Anne-Lise Haenni
and Mike Mayo explain how internationally agreed standards help virus systematics.
How many yeasts?
Meredith Blackwell tells us where to start when classifying novel yeasts.
Protozoa: the most abundant predators on earth
After decades of radical reform, protozoan systematics has reached a consensus, as Thomas Cavalier-Smith explains.
Disentangling the trails of evolution
Phylogenetic trees are making analysis of the abundance of new sequence data
possible. Gemma Atkinson and Sandra Baldauf provide a guide to phylogenies.
Alan Cann tells us why he thinks that new media are the future for microbiology education.
John Grainger, Janet Hurst and Jane Westwell review a number of recent educational resources about health and disease.
Jane Westwell takes a look at research and development in the biopharmaceutical industry.
Hot off the Press
highlights some new developments in microbiological research published in the Society's journals -
Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, International
Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology and Journal of Medical Microbiology.
Topics covered include:
- New approach to TB control using granulysin
- SARS in horseshoe bats
- Microdiesel from E. coli - an alternative to fossil fuels?
- Novel yeast distribution in insects
Other items include:
Last updated 29 January 2007