John F Quensen

John F Quensen
Michigan State University | MSU · Center for Microbial Ecology

PhD, Ecology & Evolution, Purdue University, 1981

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Education
September 1975 - May 1981
Purdue University
Field of study
  • Ecology & Evolution
September 1972 - June 1976
College of William and Mary
Field of study
  • Marine Science
September 1967 - June 1971

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Publications (173)
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Nitrogen (N) fertilizer has often been generously applied to increase crop biomass yield. Although the influences of inorganic N fertilizer on soil microbial communities have been widely studied, the effect of N fertilizer on microbial co-occurrence networks and its metagenome is largely unknown. Further, seasonal changes in microbial community res...
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Denitrification is an important global N cycle process. The gene encoding NosZ that converts nitrous oxide (N2O) to N2 has been widely used as a biomarker to study denitrifying communities. However, conventional PCR primers target a limited range of the genetically diverse Clade I nosZ, and the amplicons are too long for sequencing on current NGS p...
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Shotgun metagenomics has greatly advanced our understanding of microbial communities over the last decade. Metagenomic analyses often include assembly and genome binning, computationally daunting tasks especially for big data from complex environments such as soil and sediments. In many studies, however, only a subset of genes and pathways involved...
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Marginal soil fertility, soil acidity, aluminum toxicity, and a generalized low level of available nutrients, especially phosphorus (P), are major limiting factors to maize production in highly weathered oxisols that are prominent in the tropics. Plants have evolved several strategies to improve P acquisition, including the ability to associate wit...
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Dysbiosis of the gut microbiome via antibiotics, changes in diet, and infection can select for bacterial groups that more frequently harbor antimicrobial resistance genes (ARGs) and mobile genetic elements (MGEs). However, the impact of environmental toxicants on the reservoir of ARGs in the gut microbiome has received less attention. 2,3,7,8-tetra...
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It has been documented that human activities are causing the rapid loss of taxonomic, phylogenetic, genetic and functional diversity in soils. However, it remains unclear how modern intensive rice cultivation impacts the soil microbiome and its functionality. Here we examined the microbial composition and function differences between a buried Neoli...
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Because soil microbes drive many of the processes underpinning ecosystem services provided by soils, understanding how cropping systems affect soil microbial communities is important for productive and sustainable management. We characterized and compared soil microbial communities under restored prairie and three potential cellulosic biomass crops...
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The influence of long-term chemical fertilization on soil microbial communities has been one of the frontier topics of agricultural and environmental sciences and is critical for linking soil microbial flora with soil functions. In this study, 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing and a functional gene array, GeoChip 4.0, were used to investigate the shifts...
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Unlabelled: We analyzed the 16S rRNA amplicon composition in fecal samples of selected patients during their prolonged stay in an intensive care unit (ICU) and observed the emergence of ultra-low-diversity communities (1 to 4 bacterial taxa) in 30% of the patients. Bacteria associated with the genera Enterococcus and Staphylococcus and the family...
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Although the antimicrobial capabilities of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are widely reported, their impacts on ecologically important microbial communities are not well understood. AgNPs released from consumer products will likely enter sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants, where they would encounter (and potentially upset) activated sludge...
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Targeting sequencing to genes involved in key environmental processes, i.e., ecofunctional genes, provides an opportunity to sample nature's gene guilds to greater depth and help link community structure to process-level outcomes. Vastly different approaches have been implemented for sequence processing and, ultimately, for taxonomic placement of t...
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ABSTRACT Biological nitrogen fixation is an important component of sustainable soil fertility and a key component of the nitrogen cycle. We used targeted metagenomics to study the nitrogen fixation-capable terrestrial bacterial community by targeting the gene for nitrogenase reductase (nifH). We obtained 1.1 million nifH 454 amplicon sequences fro...
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Methane (CH(4)) emitted from high-latitude lakes accounts for 2-6% of the global atmospheric CH(4) budget. Methanotrophs in lake sediments and water columns mitigate the amount of CH(4) that enters the atmosphere, yet their identity and activity in arctic and subarctic lakes are poorly understood. We used stable isotope probing (SIP), quantitative...
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Potato common scab, caused by Streptomyces spp., is an annual production problem for potato growers, and not effectively controlled by current methods. A field with naturally occurring common scab suppression has been identified in Michigan, and confirmed to have a biological basis for this disease suppression. This field and an adjacent scab nurse...
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Methane (CH(4)) flux to the atmosphere is mitigated via microbial CH(4) oxidation in sediments and water. As arctic temperatures increase, understanding the effects of temperature on the activity and identity of methanotrophs in arctic lake sediments is important to predicting future CH(4) emissions. We used DNA-based stable-isotope probing (SIP),...
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Arctic lakes are a significant source of the greenhouse gas methane (CH(4) ), but the role that methane oxidizing bacteria (methanotrophs) play in limiting the overall CH(4) flux is poorly understood. Here, we used stable isotope probing (SIP) techniques to identify the metabolically active aerobic methanotrophs in upper sediments (0-1 cm) from an...