Frontiers: Herbivore gut eukaryota and viruses

We would like  to bring to your attention a new Frontiers in Microbiology research topic on: Advances in the understanding of the commensal eukaryota and viruses of the herbivore gut. The topic is also a tribute to the tremendous contributions of the late Professor Burk Dehority and Professor Colin Orpin to the field of herbivore gut microbiology. The topic is open to all type of herbivores – not just mammalian. For further details please see here.


Liebetanzomyces – 11th genus described

The new genus, Liebetanzomyces, was isolated using an extended cultivation approach. It’s type strain is called L. polymorphus due to the pleomorphism it displays in terms of its sporangial and rhizoidal structures. The genus is named after Erwin Liebetanz, as he was the first to document the flagellated zoospores of anaerobic fungi in 1910. The paper can be seen here.

RMG workshop & INRA-Rowett, Clermont-Ferrand, France

20160622_104442Anaerobic fungi featured at both the rumen microbial genomics (RMG) workshop and the INRA-Rowett meeting last week in Clermont-Ferrand, France. At the RMG workshop, the importance of studying anaerobic fungi when characterising rumen microbiomes was highlighted – particularly due to their close association/interactions with methanogens. At the INRA-Rowett meeting a talk by Bob Forster (pictured in the photo) about his rumen metatranscriptomic work highlighted the central importance of anaerobic fungi in terms of ruminal fibre degradation. Certainly made a lot of people sit up and think! Well done Bob 🙂

EAAP 2016 Announcement

Booking and submissions are now open for the 2016 EAAP Conference, ‘Sustainable Food Production: Livestock’s Key Role’.

Who agree’s with me that both ruminants and anaerobic fungi have a key role to play??

Hosted in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 29 August to 2 September 2016, the event will bring over 1200 experts from around the globe together for Europe’s largest animal science event. This year’s conference will focus on the developments in sustainable livestock production, covering a host of subjects around animal science, including genetics, nutrition, management, health and animal physiology.

More details can be found by clicking here.