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  1. Khilyas, I.V., Sorokina, A.V., Markelova, M.I., Belenikin, M., Shafigullina, L., Tukhbatova, R. I., Shagimardanova, E. I., Blom, J., Sharipova, M. R., Cohen, M. F. 2021. Genomic and phenotypic analysis of siderophore-producing Rhodococcus qingshengii strain S10 isolated from an arid weathered serpentine rock environment. Archives of Microbiology 203, 855–860 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00203-020-02057-w
  2. 2020

  3. Kamennaya, N., Gray, J., Ito, S., Kainuma, M., Nguyen, M. V., Khilyas, I. V., Birarda, G., Bernie, F., Hunt, M., Vasadia, D., Lin, J., Holman, H.-Y., Torok, T., Cohen, M. F. 2020. Deconstruction of plant biomass by a Cellulomonas strain isolated from an ultra-basic (lignin-stripping) spring. Archives of Microbiology. 202(5), 1077-1084. doi: 10.1007/s00203-020-01816-z
  4. 2019

  5. Khilyas, I. V., Sorokina, A. V., Elistratova, A. A., Markelova, M. I., Siniagina, M. N., Sharipova, M. R., Shcherbakova, T. A., D’Errico, M. E., Cohen, M. F. 2019. Microbial diversity and mineral composition of weathered serpentine rock of the Khalilovsky massif. PLoS One. 14 (12), e0225929. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225929
  6. Yamasaki, H., Ogura, M., Katsumi, K.K., Cohen, M. F. 2019. D-cysteine-induced rapid root abscission in the water fern Azolla pinnata: Implications for the linkage between D-amino acid and reactive sulfur species (RSS) in plant environmental responses. Antioxidants. 8 (9), 411. doi: 10.3390/antiox8090411.
  7. 2017

  8. Khilyas, I. V., Sorokin, A. A., Kiseleva, L., Simpson, D. J., Fedorovich, V., Sharipova, M. R., Kainuma, M., Cohen, M. F., Goryanin, I. 2017. Comparative metagenomic analysis of electrogenic microbial communities in differentially inoculated swine wastewater-fed microbial fuel cells. Scientifica. 2017, 7616359. doi: 10.1155/2017/7616359.
  9. Mazzola, M., Agostini, A., Cohen, M. F. 2017. Incorporation of Brassica seed meal soil amendment and wheat cultivation for control of Macrophomina phaseolina in strawberry. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 149 (1), 57-71. doi: 10.1007/s10658-017-1166-0.
  10. 2016

  11. Yamasaki, H., and Cohen, M.F., 2016. Controlled free radical attack in the apoplast: Biological consilience of hydrogen sulfide and nitric oxide in plants: Gases of primordial earth linking plant, microbial and animal physiologies. Nitric Oxide. 55-56:91-100.
  12. Johnston, S.F., Cohen, M.F., Torok. T., Meentemeyer. R.K., and Rank, N.E. 2016. Host phenology and leaf effects on susceptibility of California bay laurel to Phytophthora ramorum. Phytopathology. 106(1):47-55. 10.1094/PHYTO-01-15-0016-R.


  13. Kiseleva, L., Khilyas, I.V., Simpson, D., Briliute, J., Cohen, M., Goryanin, I. 2015. Magnet-facilitated selection of electrogenic bacteria from marine sediment. BioMed Research International. 2015, 582471. doi: 10.1155/2015/582471.
  14. Kiseleva. L., Garushyants. S.K., Ma, H., Simpson, D.J.W., Fedorovich, V., Cohen, M.F., Goryanin, I. 2015. Taxonomic and functional metagenomic analysis of anodic communities in two pilot-scale microbial fuel cells treating different industrial wastewaters. Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics. 12(1):273.

  15. Cohen, M.F., Gurung, S., Birarda, G., Holman, H.Y., Yamasaki, H. 2015. Bimodal effect of hydrogen peroxide and oxidative events in nitrite-induced rapid root abscission by the water fern Azolla pinnata. Frontiers in Plant Science. 6:00158. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00518.

  16. Kiseleva, L., Garushyants, S.K., Briliute,J., Simpson, D.J.W., Cohen, M.F., and Goryanin, I. 2015. Genome sequence of the electrogenic petroleum-degrading Thalassospira sp. strain HJ. Genome Announcements. 3(3):e00483-15.

  17. Cohen, M.F., Hu, P., Nguyen, M.V., Kamennaya, N., Brown, N., Woyke, T., Kyrpides, N., Holman, H.Y., Torok, T. 2015. Genome sequence of the alkaline-tolerant Cellulomonas sp. strain FA1. Genome Announcements. 3(3):00646-15.


  18. Cohen, M.F., Gurung, S., Fukuto J.M. and Yamasaki, H. 2014. Controlled free radical attack in the apoplast: A hypothesis for roles of O, N and S species in regulatory and polysaccharide cleavage events during rapid abscission by Azolla. Plant Science 217-218: 120-126.

  19. Gurung, S., Cohen, M.F., and Yamasaki, H. 2014 Azide-dependent nitric oxide emission from the water fern Azolla pinnata. Russian Journal of Plant Physiology 61: 543-547.

  20. Yamasaki, H., Watanabe N.S., Fukuto J. and Cohen, M.F., 2014. Nitrite-dependent nitric oxide production pathway: diversity of NO production systems. In: Oxidative Stress in Applied Basic Research and Clinical Practice - Pediatric Disorders, H. Tsukahara, K. Kaneko, R.H. Steinhorn, Eds., Springer-Verlag, New York, p. 35-54.


  21. Cohen, M.F., Hare, C., Kozlowski, J., McCormick, R.S., Chen, L., Schneider, L., Parish, M., Knight, Z., Nelson, T.A. and Grewell, B. 2013. Wastewater polishing by a channelized macrophyte-dominated wetland and anaerobic digestion of the harvested phytomass. Journal of Environmental Science and Health 48: 319-330.


  22. Gurung, S., Cohen, M.F., Fukuto, J. and Yamasaki, H. 2012 Polyamine-induced rapid root abscission in Azolla pinnata. Journal of Amino Acid 2012:Article ID 493209, 9 p.

  23. Figueiredo, J., Baird, A., Cohen, M.F., Flot, J.-F., Kamiki, T., Meziane, T., Tsuchiya, M. and Yamasaki, H. 2012 Ontogenetic change in the lipid and fatty acid composition of coral larvae. Coral Reefs 31: 613-619.


  24. Yamasaki, H., Itoh, R.D., Bouchard, J.N., Dghim, A.A. and Cohen, M.F., 2011 Nitric oxide synthase-like activities in plants. Annual Plant Reviews 42:103-125.


  25. Hossain, K.K., Itoh, R.D., Yoshimura, G., Tokuda, G., Oku, H., Cohen, M.F., and Yamasaki, H. 2010 Effects of nitric oxide scavengers on thermoinhibition of seed germination in Arabidopsis thaliana. Russian Journal of Plant Physiology 57: 222-232

  26. Cohen, M.F., Lamattina, L. and Yamasaki, H. 2010 Nitric oxide signaling by plant-associated bacteria In: Nitric oxide in plant physiology. S. Hayat, M. Mori, J. Pichtel and A. Ahmad, Eds. Wiley-Vch, Germany. p. 161-172.


  27. Mazzola, M., de Bruijn, I., Cohen, M.F., and Raaijmakers, J.M. 2009. Protozoan-induced regulation of cyclic lipopeptide biosynthesis is an effective predation defense mechanism for Pseudomonas fluorescens. Applied and Evironmental Microbiology 75: 6804-6811


  28. Mazzola, M., Zhao, Z., Cohen, M. F. and Raaijmakers, J. M. 2007. Cyclic lipopeptide surfactant production by Pseudomonas fluorescens SS101 is not required for suppression of complex Pythium spp. populations. Phytopathology 97: 1348-1355.

  29. Mazzola, M., Brown, J, Izzo, A.D. and Cohen, M. F. 2007. Mechanism of action and efficacy seed meal-induced pathogen suppression differ in a Brassicaceae species and time-dependent manner. Phytopathology 97: 454-460.


  30. Arita, N.O., Cohen, M. F., Tokuda, G. and Yamasaki, H. 2006. Fluorometric detection of nitric oxide with diaminofluoresceins (DAFs): applications and limitations for plant NO research. In: Nitric Oxide in Plant Growth, Development and Stress Physiology, Springer Book Series: Plant Cell Monographs. Lamattina, L., Polacco, J.C., Eds., Springer, Plant Cell Monographs. 6: 269-280.

  31. Yamasaki, H. and Cohen, M. F. 2006. NO signal at the crossroads: polyamine-induced nitric oxide synthesis in plants? Trends in Plant Science 11: 522-524.

  32. Cohen, M. F. and Mazzola, M. 2006. Effects of Brassica napus seed meal amendment on soil populations of resident bacteria and Naegleria americana, and the unsuitability of arachidonic acid as a protozoan-specific marker. Journal of Protozoology Research 16: 16-25.

  33. Cohen, M. F. and Mazzola, M, 2006. Resident soil bacteria, nitric oxide emission and particle size modulate the effect of Brassica napus seed meal on disease incited by Rhizoctonia solani and Pythium spp. Plant and Soil 286: 75-86.

  34. Cohen, M. F., Yamasaki, H. and Mazzola, M. 2006. Nitric oxide research in agriculture: Bridging the plant and bacterial realms. In: Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants: Toward the improvement of global environment and food. A.K. Rai and T. Takabe, Eds., Springer Verlag, p. 71-90.

  35. Mazzola, M., Brown, J., Izzo, A., Abi-Ghanem, R. and Cohen, M. F. 2006. Progress towards development of biologically-based strategies for the management of apple replant disease. Phytopathologia Polonica 39: 11-18.


  36. Cohen, M. F., Yamasaki, H. and Mazzola, M. 2005. Brassica napus seed meal soil amendment modifies microbial community structure, nitric oxide production and incidence of Rhizoctonia root rot. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 37: 1215-1227.


  37. Cohen, M. F., Han, H.Y. and Mazzola, M. 2004. Molecular and physiological comparison of Azospirillum spp. isolated from Rhizoctonia solani mycelia, wheat rhizosphere and human skin wounds. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 50:291-297.

  38. Cohen, M. F. and Mazzola, M. 2004. A reason to be optimistic about biodiesel: Seed meal as a valuable soil amendment. Trends in Biotechnology. 22:210-211.

  39. Cohen, M. F., Yamasaki, H. and Mazzola, M. 2004. Bioremediation of soils by plant-microbe systems. International Journal of Green Energy 1: 301-312.

  40. Cohen, M. F., Meziane, T. and Yamasaki, H. 2004. A photocarotenogenesis by a Rhodococcus isolated from the symbiotic fern Azolla. Endocytobiosis Cell Research 15: 350-355.


  41. Cohen, M. F. and Yamasaki, H. 2003. Involvement of nitric oxide synthase in sucrose-enhanced hydrogen peroxide tolerance of Rhodococcus sp. strain APG1, a plant-colonizing bacterium. Nitric Oxide 9: 1-9.


  42. Cohen, M. F., Williams, J. and Yamasaki, H. 2002. Biodegradation of diesel fuel by an Azolla-derived bacterial consortium. Journal of Environmental Science and Health. A37: 1593-1606.

  43. Cohen, M. F., Meziane, T., Tsuchiya, M. and Yamasaki, H. 2002. Feeding deterrence of Azolla in relation to deoxyanthocyanin and fatty acid composition. Aquatic Botany 74: 181-187.

  44. Cohen, M. F., Sakihama, Y., Takagi, Y.C., Ichiba, T. and Yamasaki, H. 2002. Synergistic effect of deoxyanthocyanins from the symbiotic fern Azolla on hrmA gene induction in the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 15: 875-882.

  45. Sakihama, Y., Cohen, M. F., Grace, S.C. and Yamasaki, H. 2002. Plant phenolic antioxidant and prooxidant activities: phenolics-induced oxidative damage mediated by metals in plants. Toxicology 177: 67-80.


  46. Cohen, M. F., Sakihama, Y. and Yamasaki, H. 2001. Roles of plant flavonoids in interactions with microbes: from protection against pathogens to the mediation of mutualism. Recent Research Developments in Plant Physiology 2: 157-173.


  47. Cohen, M. F. and Yamasaki, H. 2000. Flavonoid induced expression of a symbiosis-related gene in the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme. Journal of Bacteriology 182: 4644-4646.


  48. Cohen, M. F., Cai, Y., Wolk, C.P. and Meeks, J.C. 1998. Transposon mutagenesis of heterocyst-forming filamentous cyanobacteria. Methods in enzymology 297: 3-17.


  49. Cohen, M. F. and Meeks, J.C. 1997. A hormogonium regulating locus, hrmUA, of the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme strain ATCC 29133 and its response to an extract of a symbiotic plant partner Anthoceros punctatus. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 10:280-289.

  50. Campbell, E.L., Cohen, M. F. and Meeks, J.C. 1997. A polyketide-synthase-like gene is involved in the synthesis of heterocyst glycolipids in Nostoc punctiforme strain ATCC 29133. Archives of Microbiology 167: 251-258.


  51. Campbell, E.L., Hagen, K.D., Cohen, M. F., Summers, M.L. and Meeks, J.C. 1996. The devR gene product is characteristic of receivers of two-component regulatory systems and is essential for heterocyst development in the filamentous cyanobacterium Nostoc sp. strain ATCC 29133. Journal of Bacteriology 178:2037-2043.


  52. Cohen, M. F., Wallis, J.G., Campbell, E.L. and Meeks, J.C. 1994. Transposon mutagenesis of Nostoc sp. strain ATCC 29133, a filamentous cyanobacterium with multiple differentiation alternatives. Microbiology 140: 3233-3240.

Chapter in books

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  1. Cohen, M. F., Kubota, C. M., Quintero, G. P., Kainuma, M. 2021. Biological polishing of liquid and biogas effluents from wastewater treatment systems. In: Integrated and hybrid technology for water and wastewater treatment. eds: Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Wei Lun Ang. Chapter 5, pages 87-98. ISBN 9780128230312, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-823031-2.00010-0.
  2. 2016

  3. Yamasaki, H., Watanabe. N.S., Sakihama, Y., and Cohen, M.F., 2016. An overview of methods in plant NO research: Why do we always need to use multiple methods?. In: Methods in molecular biology: Plant nitric oxide research: methods & protocols. KJ Gupta Ed. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ. 1424:1-14.

Conference Proceedings


  1. Mazzola, M., and Cohen, M. F. 2005. Suppression of Rhizoctonia root rot by Streptomyces in Brassica seed meal-amended soil. pp. 111.1-111.3, In: Proceedings of the Annual International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Reductions. MBAO, Fresno, CA.

Popular Press and Non Peer-Reviewed Professional Publications


  1. Cohen, M. F. and Lauria, C. (August 23, 2006) Algae-based fuel: Transforming wastewater into green gold. The Press Democrat, p. B7.

  2. Cohen, M. F., Mazzola, M. and Yamasaki, H. 2006. Nitrogen oxidations in plant-bacterium interactions. Microbe 1: 247.


  3. Cohen, M. F. 2005. Nitrate and virulence. American Society for Microbiology News 71: 106.