Publications & Patents

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Sheppard J, Dunn RR, and AA Madden. Methods for the production of fermented beverages and other fermentation products. U.S. Patent No. 11,008,539. May 18, 2021. Assignee: North Carolina State University. **This patent and a library of yeast strains were exclusively licensed to Lachancea LLC in 2016.**

  • Tags: Food Science, Applied Microbiology, Insect Ecology

Peer-Reviewed Publications

20. Madden AA*, Oliverio AM*, Kearns PJ, Henley JB, Fierer N, Starks PTB, Wolfe BE, Romero LM, and CR Lattin. (2022) Chronic stress and captivity alter the cloacal microbiome of a wild songbird. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY. 225, jeb243176. doi:10.1242/jeb.243176. PDF. Supplement. *These authors contributed equally to this paper.

  • Tags: Animal Microbiome, Physiology, Stress, Gut-Brain Axis

19. Beasley DE, Muntazar M, Hu J, Dunn RR, and AA Madden. (2022) The bacterial community of childcare centers: Potential implications for microbial dispersal and childhood exposure. Environmental Microbiome. 17:8  PDF. Supplement.

  • Tags: Built Environment, Microbiology, Animal Microbiome

18. Madden AA, Lahue C, Gordy CL, Little JL, Nichols LM, Clavert MD, Dunn RR, and C Smulkowski Heil. (2021) Sugar-seeking insects as a source of baking yeasts with enhanced attributes. Yeast. doi: 10.1002/yea.3676. PDF. Supplement.

  • Tags: Applied Microbiology, Insect Ecology, Food Science, Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience

17. Calvert M, Madden AA, Nichols LM, Haddad NM, Lahne J, Dunn RR, and EA McKenney. (2021) A review of sourdough starters: Ecology, practices, and sensory quality with applications for baking and recommendations for future research. PeerJ. 9:e11389

  • Tags: Food Science, Microbiology, Applied Microbiology

16. Madden AA, Crowe E, Logee EE, and PT Starks. (2021) Growsafe: A chemical method to deactivate cultivated microorganisms using low-cost kitchen supplies. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 22(1) doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v22i1.2577. 

  • Tags: Applied Microbiology, Citizen Science, Education

15. Landis EA, Oliverio AM, McKenney EA, Nichols LM, Kfoury N, Biango-Daniels M, Shell LK, Madden AA, Shapiro LR, Sakunala SK, Drake K, Robbat A, Booker M, Dunn RR, Fierer N, and BE Wolfe. (2021) The diversity and function of sourdough starter microbiomes. eLife. 10:e61644 doi: 10.7554/eLife.61644. PDF.

  • Tags: Food Science, Citizen Science, Microbiology

14. Lahue C, Madden AA, Dunn RR, and C Smukowski Heil. (2020) The genetic basis of adaptation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to baking: a review. Frontiers in Genetics,

  • Tags: Microbiology, Food Science

13. Reese A, Madden AA, Joossen M, Oliverio A, Lacaze G, and RR Dunn. (2020) Influences of ingredients and bakers on the bacteria and fungi in sourdough starters and bread. mSphere. doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00950-19. PDF.

  • Tags: Applied Microbiology, Citizen Science, Animal Microbiome, Food Science

12. Lucas J, Madden AA, Penick C, Epps MJ, Marting PR, Stevens JL, Fergus DJ, Dunn RR, and E Meineke. (2019) Azteca ants maintain unique microbiomes across functionally distinct nest chambers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 286(1908) (**Cover**)

  • Tags: Microbiology, Insect Ecology, Animal Microbiome

11. Lyke MM, Di Fiore A, Fierer N, Madden AA, and JE Lambert. (2019) Metagenomic analyses reveal previously unrecognized variation in the diets of sympatric Old World monkey species. PLoS ONE.

  • Tags: eDNA, Insect Ecology, Vertebrate Ecology

10. Ryan SF, Adamson NL, Atkipis A, Andersen LK, Austin R, Barnes L, Beasley MR, Bedell KD, Briggs S, Chapman B, Cooper C, Corn J, Creamer NG, Delborne JA, Domenico P, Driscoll E, Goodwin J, Hjarding A, Hulbert JM, Isard S, Just MJ, Gupta KK, Uribe-Lopez MM, O’Sullivan J, Landis EA, Madden AA, McKenney EA, Nichols LM, Reading B, Russell S, Sengupta N, Shapiro LR, Shell L, Sheard JK, Shoemaker DD, Sorger DM, Starling C, Thakur S, Vatsavai R, Weinstein M, Wimfrey P, and RR Dunn. (2018) The role of citizen science in addressing grand challenges in food and agriculture research. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 285(1891). pii: 20181977. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1977

  • Tags: Applied Microbiology, Citizen Science, Food Science

9. Madden AA, Epps MJ, Fukami T, Irwin RE, Sheppard J, Sorger DM, and RR Dunn (2018) The ecology of insect-yeast relationships and its relevance to human industry. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 285(1875). pii: 20172733. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2733

  • Tags: Applied Microbiology, Insect Ecology

8. Madden AA, Boyden SD, Soriano JN, Corey TB, Leff JW, Fierer N, and PT Starks (2017) The emerging contribution of social wasps to grape rot disease ecology. PeerJ. 5:e3223; DOI 10.7717/peerj.3223. PDF. Supplement.

  • Tags: Applied Microbiology, Insect Ecology, Food Science

7. Madden AA, Barberan A, Bertone MA, Menninger HL, Dunn RR, and N Fierer (2016) The diversity of arthropods in homes across the United States as determined by environmental DNA analyses. Molecular Ecology. 25(24): 6214-6224. doi: 10.1111/mec.13900. PDF. Supplement. (**Featured in News and Views section**)

  • Tags: eDNA, Insect Ecology, Citizen Science, Built Environment

6. Barberan A, Hammer, TJ, Madden AA, and N Fierer (2016) Microbes should be central to ecological education and outreach. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 17(1): 23-28. PDF.

  • Tags: Education, Microbiology

5. Madden AA, Grassetti A, Soriano JN, and PT Starks (2013) Actinomycetes with antimicrobial activity isolated from paper wasp nests. Environmental Entomology. 42(2): 703-710. PDF.

  • Tags: Applied Microbiology, Insect Ecology, Natural Products

4. Madden AA, Stchigel AM, Guarro J, Sutton DA, and PT Starks (2012) Mucor nidicola sp. nov., a novel fungal species isolated from an invasive paper wasp nest. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 62(7): 1710-1714. (**Cover**) PDF.

  • Tags: Microbiology, Insect Ecology

3. Madden AA, Davis MM, and PT Starks. (2010) First detailed report of brood parasitoidism in the invasive population of the paper wasp Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) in North America. Insectes Sociaux. 57(3): 257-260. PDF.

  • Tags: Insect Ecology

2. Saporito RA, Donnelly MA, Madden AA, Garraffo HM, and TF Spande. (2009) Sex-related differences in alkaloid chemical defenses of the dendrobatid frog Oophaga pumilio from Cayo Nancy, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Journal of Natural Products. 73(3): 317-321. PDF.

  • Tags: Animal Ecology, Insect Ecology, Chemical Ecology

1. Peoples AJ, Zhang Q, Millett WP, Rothfeder MT, Pescatore BC, Madden AA, Ling LL,  Moore CM. (2008) Neocitreamicins I and II, novel antibiotics with activity against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci. Journal of Antibiotics. 61(7):457-463. (**Cover**) PDF.

  • Tags: Applied Microbiology, Natural Products, Soil Ecology

Submitted / In Prep 

0. Madden AA, Svedsen CNichols L, Sheppard J, and RR Dunn. (In Prep – Manuscript drafted) Insects as sources of lactic acid and bioflavoring yeasts for rapid monoculture sour brewing at industrial scale

  • Tags: Applied Microbiology, Food Science

0. Madden AA et al. … and P.T. Starks (In Prep – Manuscript drafted) Working title: Microbiology of a social wasp invasion. 

  • Tags: Microbiology, Animal Microbiome, Insect Ecology


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