May 21, 2015

Nature has a special this week about bees, and how to cure appendicitis without surgery.

Human gut microbiome

Survival of Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota in the intestines of healthy Chinese adults – Ran Wang – Microbiology and Immunology

Animal microbiome

Special in Nature: Bees – Michelle Grayson – Nature

Microbiome: The puzzle in a bee’s gut – Alla Katsnelson – Nature

Plant and soil microbes

Optimization of isolation and cultivation of bacterial endophytes through addition of plant extract to nutrient media – N. Eevers – Microbial Biotechnology

Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing of Viruses Infecting Grapevines – Johan T. Burger – Plant Pathology

Metagenomics Approaches Based on Virion-Associated Nucleic Acids (VANA): An Innovative Tool for Assessing Without A Priori Viral Diversity of Plants – Denis Filloux – Plant Pathology

Taxonomic diversity of bacterial populations inhabiting gametophytes of Sphagnum mosses from different geographic regions of Russia – A.V. Shcherbakov – Agronomy Research

Biotic interactions mediate soil microbial feedbacks to climate change – Thomas W. Crowther – PNAS

Extremophile microbiology

Halophiles – Shiladitya DasSarma – eLS

Other microbiology papers

157 fungal genomes: Fungal Traits That Drive Ecosystem Dynamics on Land – Kathleen K. Treseder – Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews

Spread of tetracycline resistance genes at a conventional dairy farm – Martina Kyselkova – Frontiers in Microbiology

Temperate and lytic bacteriophages programmed to sensitize and kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria – Ido Yosef – PNAS

Microbiology: Taking the bad with the good – Carl T. Bergstrom & Benjamin Kerr – Nature

Counteraction of antibiotic production and degradation stabilizes microbial communities – Eric D. Kelsic – Nature

Microbes in the news

From Germ Theory to the Microbiome: Why Microbes Still Rule Our Lives – Alanna Collen – Huffington Post

The diet of worms: Soil dwellers emerge as climate change heroes in study – Renee Lewis – Al Jazeera

Richman of uBiome: Scientists can accelerate FMT research – Gut Microbiota For Health

Antibiotics resurface as alternative to removing appendix – Gina Colata – New York Times

VideoSchool Microbiome Art Project: Students quickly draw and discuss some of their thoughts about the microbial world we live in – Kat Gilbert – YouTube

How a Tiny Bacterium Called Wolbachia Could Defeat Dengue – Scott O’Neill – Scientific American

Science, publishing, and career

No more hidden solutions in bioinformatics: Precision medicine cannot advance without full disclosure of how commercial genome sequencing and interpretation software works – Mauno Vihinen – Nature

Publish or perish: Universities should release reports to show what they are doing to tackle misconduct — and funders should help them to do so effectively – Nature

UK universities slow to publish reports of misconduct investigations: Few institutions have followed research integrity guidelines to the letter – Elizabeth Gibney – Nature


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