February 2, 2015

The etiology of dental caries, viruses as commensals, genitalia-associated microbes in insects, and pizza metabolomics.

Human oral microbiome

Solving the etiology of dental caries – Aurea Simón-Soro, Alex Mira – Trends in Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

Expanding the Role of the Virome: Commensalism in the Gut – Ken Cadwell – Journal of Virology

Animal microbiome

Review: Genitalia-associated microbes in insects – Oliver Otti – Insect Science

Plant microbiome

Decrease in diversity and changes in community composition of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in roots of apple trees with increasing orchard management intensity across a regional scale – Maarten van Geel – Molecular Ecology

Water microbiome

Microbial diversity and abundance in the Xinjiang Luliang long-term water-flooding petroleum reservoir – Peike Gao – Microbiology Open

Microbiome of the built environment

Impacts of flood damage on airborne bacteria and fungi in homes after the 2013 Colorado Front Range flood – Joanne B Emerson – Environmental Science & Technology

Techniques

Metagenomic chromosome conformation capture (meta3C) unveils the diversity of chromosome organization in microorganisms – Martial Marbouty – eLife

Microbial Ecology

Mycorrhizal ecology and evolution: the past, the present, and the future – Marcel G. A. van der Heijden – New Phytologist

Biotic interactions boost spatial models of species richness – Heidi K. Mod – Ecography

Metabolomics

Metabolomic applications in nutritional research: a perspective – Aoife O’Gorman and Lorraine Brennan – Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Microbes in the news

Viral Virtuosos: New understanding of noncoding RNAs may solve a long-standing puzzle about how viruses orchestrate lifelong infections – Christopher S. Sullivan – The Scientist

The answer to fewer viruses in human DNA? We stopped biting each other – SBS

Bacteria used to yield pure water and produce hydrogen, the fuel of the future – Jayalakshmi K – IBTimes

Intestinal microbiome research – Rob Levey – New Hampshire Union Leader

The Energy of Life: Extremophiles should not be viewed through an anthropocentric lens – Jeffrey Marlow and Jan Amend – The Scientist

Bacteria May Help Battle Cancer, Study Suggests – Philly.com

Science and art

Gorgeous Photos Made From the Bacteria on Toilet Seats and iPhones – Liz Stinson – Wired.com

Lab Agar Drawings: Chromobacterium violaceum shaped into Biohazard Symbol – MicrobeWorld

Science, publishing, and career

Trust me, I’m a medical researcher – Jennifer Couzin-Frankel – Science

Balancing Privacy versus accuracy in research protocols – Science

Ten Simple Rules for Organizing an Unconference – Aidan Budd – PLOS Computational Biology

Bik’s Picks

‘DivSeek’ aims to mine the genetic treasure in seed bank vaults – Virginia Gewin – Science Magazine

Baby’s genes, not mom’s, may trigger some preterm births – ScienceDaily

Energy and Nutrient Intake From Pizza in the United States – Lisa M. Powell – Pediatrics

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