Canadian Journal of Microbiology (CAN J MICROBIOL)

Publisher: Canadian Society of Microbiologists; National Research Council Canada; National Research Council of Canada, NRC Research Press

Journal description

Published since 1954, this monthly journal publishes contributions by recognized scientists world-wide and has an international readership in more than 58 countries. Journal topics include applied microbiology and biotechnology; microbial structure and function; fungi and other eucaryotic protists; infection and immunity; microbial ecology; physiology, metabolism, and enzymology; and virology, genetics, and molecular biology.

Current impact factor: 1.18

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.182
2012 Impact Factor 1.199
2011 Impact Factor 1.363
2010 Impact Factor 1.235
2009 Impact Factor 1.262
2008 Impact Factor 1.102
2007 Impact Factor 1.286
2006 Impact Factor 1.275
2005 Impact Factor 1.15
2004 Impact Factor 1.118
2003 Impact Factor 1.094
2002 Impact Factor 1.08
2001 Impact Factor 1.071
2000 Impact Factor 1.105
1999 Impact Factor 1.072
1998 Impact Factor 1.134
1997 Impact Factor 1.243
1996 Impact Factor 1.184
1995 Impact Factor 1.184
1994 Impact Factor 1.29
1993 Impact Factor 0.906
1992 Impact Factor 1.006

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.37
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.19
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.39
Website Canadian Journal of Microbiology / Revue canadienne de microbiologie website
Other titles Canadian journal of microbiology, Journal canadien de microbiologie, Revue canadien de microbiologie
ISSN 0008-4166
OCLC 1553149
Material type Government publication, National government publication, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

NRC Research Press

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
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    • On author's personal website or an institutional repository, or their funding body's designated repository
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged (must include NRC Research Press' copyright notice)
    • Author's archived version must not be amended once its accepted for publication
    • Eligible UK authors may deposit in OpenDepot
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Must link to publisher version
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Despite the application of multiple strains in the biocontrol of plant diseases, multistrain inoculation is still constrained by its inconsistency in the field. Nutrients, especially carbons, play an important role in the biocontrol processes. However, little work has been done on the systematic estimation of inoculants' carbon source use on biocontrol efficacies in vivo. In the present study, 7 nonpathogenic Streptomyces strains alone and in different combinations were inoculated as biocontrol agents against the potato scab disease, under field conditions and greenhouse treatments. The influence of the inoculants' carbon source use properties on biocontrol efficacies was investigated. The results showed that increasing the number of inoculated strains did not necessarily result in greater biocontrol efficacy in vivo. However, single strains with higher growth rates or multiple strains with less carbon source competition had positive effects on the biocontrol efficacies. These findings may shed light on optimizing the consistent biocontrol of plant disease with the consideration of inoculants' carbon source use properties.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 11/2015; 61(4):150113084107001. DOI:10.1139/cjm-2014-0655
  • Canadian Journal of Microbiology 05/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2015-0166
  • Canadian Journal of Microbiology 05/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2015-0020
  • Canadian Journal of Microbiology 05/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2015-0017
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    ABSTRACT: Common problems in a windowfarm system (a vertical and indoor hydroponic system) are phytopathogen infections in plants and excessive buildup of biofilms. The objectives of this study were (i) to promote plant health by making plants more resistant to infection by using beneficial biosurfactant-producing Pseudomonas chlororaphis around the roots and (ii) to minimize biofilm buildup by ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of the water reservoir, thereby extending the lifespan of the whole system with minimal maintenance. Pseudomonas chlororaphis-treated lettuce grew significantly better than nontreated lettuce, as indicated by enhancement of color, mass, length, and number of leaves per head (p < 0.05). The death rate of the lettuce was reduced by ∼50% when the lettuce was treated with P. chlororaphis. UV irradiation reduced the bacteria (4 log reduction) and algae (4 log reduction) in the water reservoirs and water tubing systems. Introduction of P. chlororaphis into the system promoted plant growth and reduced damage caused by the plant pathogen Pythium ultimum. UV irradiation of the water reservoir reduced algal and biofilm growth and extended the lifespan of the system.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 04/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2015-0024
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    ABSTRACT: Enterococcus faecalis is one of the most controversial species of lactic acid bacteria. Some strains are used as probiotics, while others are associated with severe and life-threatening nosocomial infections. Their pathogenicity depends on the acquisition of multidrug resistance and virulence factors. Gelatinase, which is required in the first steps of biofilm formation, is an important virulence determinant involved in E. faecalis pathogenesis, including endocarditis and peritonitis. The gene that codes for gelatinase (gelE) is controlled by the Fsr quorum-sensing system, whose encoding genes (fsrA, fsrB, fsrC, and fsrD) are located immediately upstream of gelE. The integration of a DNA fragment into the fsr locus of a derived mutant of E. faecalis V583 suppressed the gelatinase activity and prevented biofilm formation. Sequence analysis indicated the presence of IS256 integrated into the fsrC gene at nucleotide position 321. Interestingly, IS256 is also associated with biofilm formation in Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus. This is the first description of an insertion sequence that prevents biofilm formation in E. faecalis.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 04/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2015-0090
  • Canadian Journal of Microbiology 04/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2015-0049
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we determined the repair capabilities of Giardia lamblia cysts when they were exposed to low-pressure (LP) UV and then 4 different repair conditions. A UV collimated beam apparatus was used to expose shallow suspensions of G. lamblia cysts in buffered reagent water (PBS, pH 7.2) to various doses of LP UV irradiation. After UV irradiation, samples were exposed to 4 repair conditions (light and dark repair conditions with 2 temperatures (25 °C and 37 °C) for each condition). The inactivation of G. lamblia cysts by LP UV was very extensive (∼5 log10) even with a low dose of LP UV (1 mJ/cm(2)). More importantly, there was significant restoration of infectivity in G. lamblia cysts when they were exposed to a low dose of LP UV and then to all the repair conditions tested. Overall, the results of this study indicate that G. lamblia cysts do have the ability to repair their UV-damaged DNA when they are exposed to low doses of LP UV irradiation. This is the first study to report the presence of repair in UV-irradiated G. lamblia cysts.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 04/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2014-0844
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    ABSTRACT: Fast-growing mycobacteria such as Mycobacterium sp. and Mycobacterium smegmatis degrade natural sterols. They are a model to study tuberculosis. Interestingly, M. smegmatis has been found in river effluents derived from paper production, and therefore, it would be important to gain further insight into its capacity to synthesize steroids that are potential endocrine disruptors affecting the development and reproduction of fishes. To our knowledge, the capacity of M. smegmatis to synthesize estrogens and even testosterone has not been previously reported. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the capacity of M. smegmatis to synthesize in vitro testosterone and estrogens from tritiated precursors and to investigate the metabolic pathways involved. Results obtained by thin-layer chromatography showed that (3)H-progesterone was transformed to 17OH-progesterone, androstenedione, testosterone, estrone, and estradiol after 6, 12, or 24 h of incubation. (3)H-androstenedione was transformed into testosterone and estrogens, mainly estrone, and (3)H-testosterone was transformed to estrone and androstenedione. Incubation with (3)H-dehydroepiandrosterone rendered androstenediol, testosterone, and estrogens. This ability to transform less potent sex steroids like androstenedione and estrone into other more active steroids like testosterone and estradiol or vice versa suggests that M. smegmatis can influence the amount of self-synthesized strong androgens and estrogens and can transform those found in the environment.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 04/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2015-0025
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    ABSTRACT: Cyprinid herpesvirus 2 (CyHV-2, species Cyprinid herpesvirus 2) has been confirmed as a causative agent of the acute haematopoietic necrosis disease outbreak in farmed goldfish (Carassius auratus L.) and gibel carp (Carassius auratus gibelio Bloch). In this study, we present the genomic characteristics of a variant CyHV-2 strain (SY-C1) isolated from farmed gibel carp in mainland China and its comparative genomics analysis with the CyHV-2 reference strain ST-J1. Overall, the full-length genome of SY-C1 shares 98.8% homology with that of ST-J1. Sequence comparisons between SY-C1 and ST-J1 indicate that the variations include single-nucleotide mutations, insertions, deletions, and rearrangements, which suggested that SY-C1 is different from ST-J1 and represents a new genotype. Therefore, we propose that the identified CyHV-2 can be divided into 2 different genotypes and be named China genotype (C genotype) and Japan genotype (J genotype) according to their isolation loci. Furthermore, epidemiological surveys indicate that the dominant genotype of CyHV-2 circulating in mainland China is closer to the China genotype than the Japan genotype.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 03/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2014-0796
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    ABSTRACT: Bacterial biofilms are commonly formed on medical devices and food processing surfaces. The antimicrobials used have limited efficacy against the biofilms; therefore, new strategies to prevent and remove these structures are needed. Here, the effectiveness of brief oxidative treatments, based on the combination of sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the presence of copper sulfate (CuSO4), were evaluated against bacterial laboratory strains and clinical isolates, both in planktonic and biofilm states. Simultaneous application of oxidants synergistically inactivated planktonic cells and prevented biofilm formation of laboratory Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Staphylococcus aureus strains, as well as clinical isolates of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica, Klebsiella oxytoca, and uropathogenic E. coli. In addition, preformed biofilms of E. coli C, Salmonella Typhimurium, K. pneumoniae, and Salmonella enterica exposed to treatments were removed by applying 12 mg/L NaClO, 0.1 mmol/L CuSO4, and 350 mmol/L H2O2 for 5 min. Klebsiella oxytoca and Staphylococcus aureus required a 5-fold increase in NaClO concentration, and the E. coli clinical isolate remained unremovable unless treatments were applied on biofilms formed within 24 h instead of 48 h. The application of treatments that last a few minutes using oxidizing compounds at low concentrations represents an interesting disinfection strategy against pathogens associated with medical and industrial settings.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 03/2015; 61(5):150312143932000. DOI:10.1139/cjm-2014-0747
  • Canadian Journal of Microbiology 02/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2014-0835
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    ABSTRACT: Electroplating industries in Madurai city produce approximately 49 000 L of wastewater and 1200 L of sludge every day revealing 687-5569 ppm of nickel (Ni) with other contaminants. Seventeen Ni-tolerant bacterial strains were isolated from nutrient-enriched effluents. Among them one hyper Ni accumulating strain was scored and identified as Bacillus cereus VP17 on the basis of morphology, biochemical tests, 16S rDNA gene sequencing, and phylogenetic analysis. Equilibrium data of Ni(II) ions using the bacterium as sorbent at isothermal conditions (37 °C) and pH 6 were best adjusted by Langmuir (R(2) = 0.6268) and Freundlich models (R(2) = 0.9505). Experimental validation reveals Ni sorption takes place on a heterogeneous surface of the biosorbent, and predicted metal sorption capacity is 434 ppm. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model fitted the biosorption kinetic data better than the pseudo-first-order kinetic model (R(2) = 0.9963 and 0.3625). Scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy studies of the bacterial strain with and without Ni(II) ion reveals the biosorption mechanism. The results conclude possibilities of using B. cereus VP17 for Ni bioremediation.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 01/2015; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2014-0504
  • Canadian Journal of Microbiology 12/2014; DOI:10.1139/cjm-2014-0507
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    ABSTRACT: In our previous study, γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) isolated from Helicobacter pylori induced apoptosis of AGS cells. Here, we investigate Ca(2+) effects on GGT-induced apoptosis. The GGT transiently and significantly increased intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) in AGS cells in a dose-dependent manner (P < 0.05). The GGT-induced Ca(2+) increase resulted from Ca(2+) influx and release through the phospholipase C - inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (PLC-IP3) pathway. The GGT-induced apoptosis was significantly reduced by treatment with U73122 (a PLC inhibitor) and xestospongin (an IP3 receptor antagonist) (P < 0.05). These results indicate that GGT could induce apoptosis of AGS cells by high levels of [Ca(2+)]i.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 12/2014; 60(12):865-8. DOI:10.1139/cjm-2014-0464
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    ABSTRACT: In this study we analyzed the diversity of the halophilic bacteria community from Rambla Salada during the years 2006 and 2007. We collected a total of 364 strains, which were then identified by means of phenotypic tests and by the hypervariable V1-V3 region of the 16S rRNA sequences (around 500 bp). The ribosomal data showed that the isolates belonged to Proteobacteria (72.5%), Firmicutes (25.8%), Actinobacteria (1.4%), and Bacteroidetes (0.3%) phyla, with Gammaproteobacteria the predominant class. Halomonas was the most abundant genus (41.2% isolates) followed by Marinobacter (12.9% isolates) and Bacillus (12.6% isolates). In addition, 9 strains showed <97% sequence identity with validly described species and may well represent new taxa. The diversity of the bacterial community analyzed with the DOTUR package determined 139 operational taxonomic units at 3% genetic distance level. Rarefaction curves and diversity indexes demonstrated that our collection of isolates adequately represented all the bacterial community at Rambla Salada that can be grown under the conditions used in this work. We found that the sampling season influenced the composition of the bacterial community, and bacterial diversity was higher in 2007; this fact could be related to lower salinity at this sampling time.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 12/2014; 60(12):839-46. DOI:10.1139/cjm-2014-0342
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    ABSTRACT: Pseudomonas aeruginosa establishes life-long chronic infections in the cystic fibrosis (CF) lung by utilizing various adaptation strategies. Some of these strategies include altering metabolic pathways to utilize readily available nutrients present in the host environment. The airway sputum contains various host-derived nutrients that can be utilized by P. aeruginosa, including phosphatidylcholine, a major component of lung surfactant. Pseudomonas aeruginosa can degrade phosphatidylcholine to glycerol and fatty acids to increase the availability of usable carbon sources in the CF lung. In this study, we show that some CF-adapted P. aeruginosa isolates utilize glycerol more efficiently as a carbon source than nonadapted isolates. Furthermore, a mutation in a gene required for glycerol utilization impacts the production of several virulence factors in both acute and chronic isolates of P. aeruginosa. Taken together, the results suggest that interference with this metabolic pathway may have potential therapeutic benefits.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 12/2014; 60(12):857-63. DOI:10.1139/cjm-2014-0485