March 30, 2015

Microbiome in rhinosinusitis patients, microbes in permafrost, and responses of soil to deforestation.

London Microbiome Meeting 2015 (LMM2015), St. Thomas’ Hospital, 28 May 2015

Human respiratory microbiome

Sinus microbiota varies among chronic rhinosinusitis phenotypes and predicts surgical outcome – Vijay R. Ramakrishnan – Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Animal microbiome

Antimicrobial resistance in faecal samples from buffalo, wildebeest and zebra grazing together with and without cattle in Tanzania – A.A.S. Katakweba – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Soil and plant root microbiome

Soil microbiome responses to the short-term effects of Amazonian deforestation
Acacio A. Navarrete – Molecular Ecology

Reconstructed metagenomes reveal changes of microbial functional profiling during PAHs degradation along a rice (Oryza sativa) rhizosphere gradient – B. Ma – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Profiling bacterial diversity in a limestone cave of the western Loess Plateau of China – Yucheng Wu – Frontiers in Microbiology

Extremophile microbiome

Structure, mineralogy, and microbial diversity of geothermal spring microbialites associated with a deep oil drilling in Romania – Cristian Coman – Frontiers in Microbiology

Shifts in methanogenic community composition and methane fluxes along the degradation of discontinuous permafrost – Mette M. Svenning – Frontiers in Microbiology

Bioreactor microbiome

Analysis of microbial community composition in a lab-scale membrane distillation bioreactor – Q. Zhang – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Food microbiology

Diffusion of solutes inside bacterial colonies immobilized in model cheese depends on their physicochemical properties: a time-lapse microscopy study – Juliane Floury – Frontiers in Microbiology


It’s a dirty job — A robust method for the purification and de novo genome assembly of Cryptosporidium from clinical material – Sofia Andersson – Journal of Microbiological Methods

Bioinformatics and statistics

Power and Sample-Size Estimation for Microbiome Studies Using Pairwise Distances and PERMANOVA – Brendan J. Kelly – Bioinformatics

More microbe papers

Review: Tackling antibiotic resistance: the environmental framework – Thomas U. Berendonk – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Microbes in the news

You Should Know: Kristina Campbell and The Intestinal Gardener – DNLee – Scientific American
Link to blog: The Intestinal Gardener – Kristina Campbell

Video of the February VLAB meeting at Stanford: Gut-Feeling — Ventures into the Microbiome – Colleen Cutcliffe – VLAB videos

Chronic Rhinosinusitis Varies By Bacterial Microbiome – Vijay R. Ramakrishnan – Medical Research

Doctors: How gut bacteria affects obesity, diabetes, child health – Jondi Gumz – Santa Cruz Sentinel

The bacteria that could make your blue jeans greener – Michael Keller – Green Biz

Bacteria power up by using magnets as batteries – Catherine Brahic – New Scientist

Antibiotics from the medieval medicine cabinet: Could medieval medicine provide new antibiotics to treat deadly modern infections? – CrowdFunder

Science, publishing and career

These scientists studied journalists covering science. Whoa, meta. – Suzanne Jacobs – Grist

Let’s compare the backgrounds of science writers for Fox and NPR – Boing Boing

Mind the (gender) gap: Kew’s records show fewer than 3% of land plant species published by women – Lauren Gardiner – Kew Royal Botanical Gardens

I’m an engineer, not a cheerleader. Let’s abandon silly rules about gender roles. – Sara Sakowitz – Washington Post

Bik’s Picks

Velvet Worms, Squirting Slime – James Gorman – New York Times

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says – Lindsey Tanner – Big Story AP

Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children, adolescents – Science Daily


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