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25. Jieteng Chen, Jieni Wang, Hao Zheng*

Characterization of Bifidobacterium apousia sp. nov., Bifidobacterium choladohabitans sp. nov., and Bifidobacterium polysaccharolyticum sp. nov., three novel species of the genus Bifidobacterium from honey bee gut

2021 Sys Appl Microbiol 44:126247 DOI

24. Yulin Song, Vincent Hervé, Renate Radek, Fabienne Pfeiffer, Hao Zheng, Andreas Brune*

Characterization and phylogenomic analysis of Breznakiella homolactica gen. nov. sp. nov. indicate that termite gut treponemes evolved from non-acetogenic spirochetes in cockroaches

2021 Env Microbiol 23:4228–4245 DOI

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23. Zijing Zhang, Mingfei Huang, Lifei Qiu, Ruihao Song, Zixuan Zhang, Yiwen Ding, Xin Zhou, Xue Zhang*, Hao Zheng*

Diversity and functional analysis of Chinese bumblebee gut microbiota reveal the metabolic niche and antibiotic resistance variation of Gilliamella

2020 Insect Sci Available online DOI


22. Xue Zhang, Daniel E. Deatherage, Hao Zheng, Stratton J. Georgoulis, Jeffery E. Barrick*

Evolution of satellite plasmids can prolong the maintenance of newly acquired accessory genes in bacteria

2019 Nat Commun 10:5809 DOI

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21. Hao Zheng*, Julie Perreau, J. Elijah Powell, Benfeng Han, Zijing Zhang, Waldan K. Kwong, Susannah G. Tringe,

Nancy A. Moran*

Division of labor in honey bee gut microbiota for plant polysaccharide digestion

2019 Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 116:25909–25916 DOI

Highlighted in Nat Rev Microbiol: Microbiome;

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20. Xiaofei Wang, Xue Zhang, Zijing Zhang, Haoyu Lang, Hao Zheng*

Honey bee as a model organism to study gut microbiota and diseases

2019 Drug Discovery Today: Disease Models 28:35–42 DOI


19. Jieni Wang, Qinzhi Su, Xue Zhang*, Chenyi Li, Shiqi Luo, Xin Zhou, Hao Zheng*

Entomomonas moraniae gen. nov., sp. nov., a member of the family Pseudomonadaceae isolated from Asian honey bee gut, possesses a highly reduced genome

2019 Int J Syst Evol Microbiol Available online DOI


18. 张雪, 李兴安, 苏秦之, 曹棋钠, 李晨伊, 牛庆生*, 郑  浩*

用于蜜蜂和熊蜂肠道微生物分类的细菌16S rRNA数据库优化

2019 生物多样性 27:557–566 DOI


17. Zheng H, Steele MI, Leonard SP, Motta EVS, Moran NA*

Honey bees as models for gut microbiota research

2018 Lab Animal 47:317–325 DOI

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16. 李晨伊, 周欣, 郑浩*


2018 微生物学报 58:1016–1024 (Review in Chinese) DOI


15. Zheng H*, Powell JE, Steele MI, Dietrich C, Moran NA*

Honeybee gut microbiota promotes host weight gain via bacterial metabolism and hormonal signaling

2017 Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 114:4775–4780 PubMed DOI

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14. Zheng H, Dietrich C, Brune A*

Genome analysis of Endomicrobium proavitum suggests loss and gain of relevant functions during the evolution of intracellular symbionts

2017 Appl Environ Microbiol 83:e00656-17  PubMed DOI


13. Kwong WK*, Zheng H, Moran NA   

Convergent evolution of a modified, acetate-driven TCA cycle in bacteria

2017 Nat Microbiol 2:17067 PubMed DOI


12. Mikaelyan A, Thompson CL, Meuser K, Zheng H, Rani P, Plarre R, Brune A*

High-resolution phylogenetic analysis of Endomicrobia reveals multiple acquisitions of endosymbiotic lineages by termite gut flagellates

2017 Environ Microbiol Rep 9:477–483  PubMed DOI


11. Zheng H', Dietrich C', Brune A*

Restriction-modification systems as mobile genetic elements in the evolution of an intracellular symbiont

2016 Mol Biol Evol 33:721–725 PubMed DOI


10. Zheng H*, Nishida A, Kwong W, Koch H, Engel P, Steele MI, Moran NA

Metabolism of toxic sugars by strains of the bee gut symbiont Gilliamella apicola

2016 mBio 7:e01326-16 PubMed DOI


9. Zheng H, Dietrich C, Radek R, Brune A*

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2016 Environ Microbiol 18:191–204 PubMed DOI

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8. Zheng H, Dietrich C, Thompson CL, Brune A*

Population structure of Endomicrobia in single host cells of termite gut flagellates (Trichonympha spp.)

2015 Microbes Environ 30:92–98 PubMed DOI

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7. Zheng H, Brune A*

Complete genome sequence of Endomicrobium proavitum, a free-living relative of the intracellular symbionts of termite gut flagellates (phylum Elusimicrobia)

2015 Genome Announc 3:e00679-15 PubMed DOI


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Comprehensive phylogenetic diversity of [FeFe]-hydrogenase genes in termite gut microbiota

2013 Microbes Environ 28:491–494 PubMed DOI


5. Zheng H, Zhang C, Lu Y, Jiang PX, Xing XH*

Alteration of anaerobic metabolism in Escherichia coli for enhanced hydrogen production by heterologous expression of hydrogenase genes originating from the Synechocystis sp.

2012 Biochem Eng J 60:81–86 DOI


4. Liu Z, Lv FX, Zheng H, Zhang C, Wei F, Xing XH*

Enhanced hydrogen production in a UASB reactor by retaining microbial consortium onto carbon nanotubes (CNTs)

2012  Int J Hydrogen Energ 37:10619–10626 DOI


3. Feng Q, Wang YX, Wang TM, Zheng H, Chu LB, Zhang C, Chen HZ, Kong XQ, Xing XH*

Effects of packing rates of cubic-shaped polyurethane foam carriers on the microbial community and the removal of organics and nitrogen in moving bed biofilm reactors

2012 Bioresource Technol 117:201–207 PubMed DOI


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Systematic analysis of biochemical performance and the microbial community of an activated sludge process using ozone-treated sludge for sludge reduction

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Effects of ionic surfactants on bacterial luciferase and α-amylase

2009 Chinese J Chem Eng 17:829–834 DOI