January 28, 2015

I will be traveling to visit family in the upcoming week, so there might not be a post every day. But I will do my best to keep y’all up to date with the microbiome literature. In today’s installment, there are articles about skin microbiome around abscesses, misclassifications of bacteria in Genbank, archaea and rice plant roots. Also, if you like chicken wings with Campylobacter, you should have put some sauce on it.

General microbiome

Crystal Ball: Human microbiota: ‘The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it’ – Harald Brüssow – Microbial Biotechnology

Human skin microbiome

The cutaneous microbiome in out-patients presenting acutely with skin abscesses – James M. Horton – Journal of Infectious Diseases

Animal and other models for microbiome research

In Vitro Investigation of the Effect of Oral Bacteria in the Surface Oxidation of Dental Implants – Sathyanarayanan Sridhar – Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research

Lentinula edodes-Derived Polysaccharide Alters the Spatial Structure of Gut Microbiota in Mice – Xiaofei Xu – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

New Light on the Systematics of Fungi Associated with Attine Ant Gardens and the Description of Escovopsis kreiselii sp. nov. – Lucas A. Meirelles – PLOS ONE

Plant microbiome

Characterization of the cultivable bacterial populations associated with field grown Brassica napus L.: an evaluation of sampling and isolation protocols– Sarah Croes – Environmental Microbiology

Colonization of rice roots with methanogenic archaea controls photosynthesis-derived methane emission – Judith Pump – Environmental Microbiology

Soil and rock microbiome

Formation of iron-rich shelled structures by microbial communities – David C. Fernández-Remolar – Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

Water microbiome

Disentangling seasonal bacterioplankton population dynamics by high-frequency sampling– Markus V. Lindh – Environmental Microbiology

Combined effects of zooplankton grazing and dispersal on the diversity and assembly mechanisms of bacterial metacommunities – Mercè Berga – Environmental Microbiology

Review: Marine Snow: A Brief Historical Sketch – Mary Silver – Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

Food microbiology

Just in time for the Superbowl: The Antimicrobial Effect of Spice-Based Marinades against Campylobacter jejuni on Contaminated Fresh Broiler Wings – Gintarė Zakarienė – Journal of Food Science


Strategies to Avoid Wrongly Labelled Genomes Using as Example the Detected Wrong Taxonomic Affiliation for Aeromonas Genomes in the GenBank Database – Roxana Beaz-Hidalgo – PLOS ONE


Dominant components of the Thoroughbred metabolome characterised by 1H-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy: A metabolite atlas of common biofluids – E. E. Escalona – Equine Veterinary Journal

New Techniques

DNA sequencing using ​polymerase substrate-binding kinetics – Michael John Robert Previte – Nature Communications

Single cell biotechnology to shed a light on biological ‘dark matter’ in nature – Wei E. Huang – Microbial Biotechnology


Natural Variation in Preparation for Nutrient Depletion Reveals a Cost–Benefit Tradeoff – Jue Wang – PLOS Biology

Review: Is successional research nearing its climax? New approaches for understanding dynamic communities – Scott J. Meiners – Functional Ecology

Editorial: Beyond borders: investigating microbiome interactivity and diversity for advanced biocontrol technologies – Gabriele Berg – Microbial Biotechnology

Microbes in the news

Skin abscesses displayed distinct cutaneous microbiota – Healio

Stress during pregnancy related to infant gut microbiota – HealthCanal

Fatal peanut allergies could be cured by probiotic bacteria, say Australian doctors – Jonathan Pearlman – The Telegraph

UF researcher gets grant to study probiotics’ effects – Jeff Schweers – Gainesville

Science, publishing and career

Not your average technician: Research relies on unsung heroes working behind the scenes — and some of them have rather unusual jobs – Michael Hopkin – Nature

Career counselling: Pick a path – Neil Savage – Nature

Inclusivity: Mentor matters – Nature

FactChecking Science-based Claims – FactCheck.org

Bik’s Picks

Did genetic links to modern maladies provide ancient benefits? – Science Daily

Skull discovery suggests location where humans first had sex with Neanderthals – The Guardian

Spiders Spin Electrically Charged Silk To Make It Sticky – Marissa Fessenden – Smithsonian



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