Microbiome digest, November 24, 2014

General microbiome

Microbial sequencing to improve individual and population health – Sharon J Peacock and George M Weinstock – Genome Medicine

Human oral microbiome

Shifts in Campylobacter species abundance may reflect general microbial community shifts in periodontitis progression – Karsten Henne – Journal of Oral Microbiology

Human respiratory microbiome

Analysis of the bacterial community in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease sputum samples by denaturing gradient Gel electrophoresis and real-time PCR – Dachang Wu – BMC Pulmonary Medicine

Human gut microbiome

Microbiome and cancer – Naoko Ohtani – Seminars in Immunopathology

The Gut Microbiome and the Brain – Leo Galland – Journal of Medicinal Food

The ELDERMET biobank: Isolation and characterization of the intestinal microbiota from elderly Irish subjects – Lakshminarayanan, Bhuvaneswari

Animal models of microbiome

Hydrogen sulphide protects against NSAID-enteropathy through modulation of bile and the microbiota – Rory W Blackler – British Journal of Pharmacology

Plant microbiome

Towards a holistic understanding of the beneficial interactions across the Populus microbiome – Stéphane Hacquard – New Phytologist

Soil microbiome

Soil Fungal Communities Respond to Grassland Plant Community Richness and Soil Edaphics – Nicholas LeBlanc – Microbial Ecology

Impact of plant species evenness, dominant species identity and spatial arrangement on the structure and functioning of soil microbial communities in a model grassland – L. Massaccesi – Oecologia

Contrasting assembly processes in a bacterial metacommunity along a desiccation gradient – Angel Valverde – Frontiers in Microbiology


Water microbiome

Metatranscriptome of marine bacterioplankton during winter time in the North Sea assessed by total RNA sequencing – Anna Kopf – Marine Genomics

Integrated metagenomic and metaproteomic analyses of marine biofilm communities – Dagmar H. Leary – Biofouling: The Journal of Bioadhesion and Biofilm Research


Spatial Diversity of Bacterioplankton Communities in Surface Water of Northern South China Sea – Jialin Li – PLOS ONE

* High Genetic Diversity and Novelty in Eukaryotic Plankton Assemblages Inhabiting Saline Lakes in the Qaidam Basin – Jiali Wang – PLOS ONE

Effects of ocean acidification on the biogenic composition of the sea-surface microlayer: Results from a mesocosm study – Luisa Galgani – Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans

Other (Food, biotechnology)

Microbial Dynamics and Control in Shale Gas Production – Jason Gaspar – Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Dynamics and diversity of microbial community succession in traditional fermentation of Shanxi aged vinegar – Zhiqiang Nie – Food Microbiology

Resilience of Aggregated Microbial Communities Subjected to Drought—Small-Scale Studies – Amélie Barthès – Microbial Ecology

Microbial diversity in sugarcane ethanol production in a Brazilian distillery using a culture-independent method – Ohana Yonara Assis Costa – Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology


Metagenomics and viromes

Evaluation of viral genome assembly and diversity estimation in deep metagenomes – Daniel Aguirre de Cárcer – BMC Genomics

Niche-dependent genetic diversity in Antarctic metaviromes – Olivier Zablocki – Bacteriophage


The cross-talk between opportunistic fungi and the mammalian host via microbiota’s metabolism – Luigina Romani – Seminars in Immunopathology

The metabolomics of airway diseases, including COPD, asthma and cystic fibrosis – B. Fatemeh Nobakht M. Gh. – Biomarkers


Metabolomics as a tool for diagnosis and monitoring in coeliac disease – Danielle Ryan – Metabolomics



Single-cell transcriptomics for microbial eukaryotes – Martin Kolisko – Current Biology

Bioinformatic tools

The R package otu2ot for implementing the entropy decomposition of nucleotide variation in sequence data – Alban Ramette and Pier Luigi Buttigieg – Frontiers in Microbiology


Introduction to Genetic, Genomic, and System Analyses for Communities – Jack A. Gilbert, Nicole M. Scott – Springer Protocols Handbooks 2014

Microbes in the news

It’s all around us: Three scientists on how the microbiome shapes our world – Plus: Why you shouldn’t give probiotics to your dog – Brooke Borel

Professor’s new book aims to advance microbiome research – Brian McNeill – Phys.org

Book: Metagenomics for Microbiology, 1st Edition – Izard and Rivera – Elsevier

Symbiota Maps Plant Microbiome to Boost Crop Yields – Martin LaMonica – Xconomy

History Lessons from Bacteria – Cindy Lu – Cell


Revolutionizing the interaction between plants and bacteria – Phys.org

Life’s extremists may be an untapped source of antibacterial drugs – David Salisbury – VanderBilt.edu


Science, publishing, career

Point of view: How postdocs benefit from building a union – Benjamin Cain

Bik’s Picks

The XKCD guid to the universe’s most bizarre physics – Randall Munroe – Wired.com

Physicists Solve Mystery of Scotch Whisky Rings – Rachel Nuwer – Scientific American



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