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    A Microbial Bioassay for Direct Contact Assessment of Soil Toxicity Based on Oxygen Consumption of Sulfur Oxidizing Bacteria
    Authors:  Ebenezer Ashun, Umair Ali Toor, Heonseop Eom and Sang-Eun Oh, date: 01/05/2020, view: 1376, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] A new direct contact assessment of soil toxicity using sulfur oxidizing bacteria (SOB) is proposed for analyzing the toxicity of soils. The proposed method is based on the ability of SOB to oxidize elemental sulfur to sulfuric acid in the presence of oxygen. Since sulfate ions are produced from sulfur by SOB oxidation activity, changes in ...
    Identification of Insertion Site by RESDA-PCR in Chlamydomonas Mutants Generated by AphVIII Random Insertional Mutagenesis
    Authors:  Fantao Kong and Yonghua Li-Beisson, date: 02/05/2018, view: 4436, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is frequently used as a model organism to study fundamental processes in photosynthesis, metabolism, and flagellar biology. Versatile tool boxes have been developed for this alga (Fuhrmann et al., 1999; Schroda et al., 2000; Schroda, 2006). Among them, forward genetic approach has been ...
    Markerless Gene Editing in the Hyperthermophilic Archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis
    Authors:  Alexandra M. Gehring, Travis J. Sanders and Thomas J. Santangelo, date: 11/20/2017, view: 5168, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The advent of single cell genomics and the continued use of metagenomic profiling in diverse environments has exponentially increased the known diversity of life. The recovered and assembled genomes predict physiology, consortium interactions and gene function, but experimental validation of metabolisms and molecular pathways requires more ...
    Protocol for Construction of a Tunable CRISPR Interference (tCRISPRi) Strain for Escherichia coli
    Authors:  Xin-tian Li, Cindy Sou and Suckjoon Jun, date: 10/05/2017, view: 6454, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We present a protocol for construction of tunable CRISPR interference (tCRISPRi) strains for Escherichia coli. The tCRISPRi system alleviates most of the known problems of plasmid-based expression methods, and can be immediately used to construct libraries of sgRNAs that can complement the Keio collection by targeting both essential and ...
    Single-step Marker Switching in Schizosaccharomyces pombe Using a Lithium Acetate Transformation Protocol
    Authors:  Simon David Brown and Alexander Lorenz, date: 12/20/2016, view: 6129, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The ability to utilize different selectable markers for tagging or mutating multiple genes in Schizosaccharomyces pombe is hampered by the historical use of only two selectable markers, ura4+ and kanMX6; the latter conferring resistance to the antibiotic G418 (geneticin). More markers have been described ...
    Transfer of Large Contiguous DNA Fragments onto a Low Copy Plasmid or into the Bacterial Chromosome
    Authors:  Analise Z Reeves and Cammie F Lesser, date: 11/20/2016, view: 7619, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Bacterial pathogenicity islands and other contiguous operons can be difficult to clone using conventional methods due to their large size. Here we describe a robust 3-step method to transfer large defined fragments of DNA from virulence plasmids or cosmids onto smaller autonomously replicating plasmids or directly into defined sites in the ...
    Mating and Progeny Isolation in the Corn Smut Fungus Ustilago maydis
    Authors:  Marina Nadal, Johanna E. Takach, David L. Andrews and Scott E. Gold, date: 04/20/2016, view: 7675, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The corn smut pathogen, Ustilago maydis (U. maydis) (DC.) Corda, is a semi-obligate plant pathogenic fungus in the phylum Basidiomycota (Alexopoulos et al., 1996). The fungus can be easily cultured in its haploid yeast phase on common laboratory media. However, to complete its sexual cycle U. maydis strictly requires its ...



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