July 15, 2015

Microbiome and weight loss with genetic and “simple” obesity, gut microbiome in coffee beetle detoxifies caffeine,  and a plant-fungal-bacterial symbiosis.


Tenure Track position Environmental Microbiology at Montana State University- Bozeman

Pregnancy and birth microbiome

Late-Onset Bloodstream Infection and Perturbed Maturation of the Gastrointestinal Microbiota in Premature Infants – Alexander G. Shaw – PLOS ONE

Human skin microbiome

Identification of axillary Staphylococcus sp. involved in the production of the malodorous thioalcohol 3-methyl-3-sufanylhexan-1-ol – Daniel Bawdon – FEMS Microbiology Letters

Human gut microbiome

Dietary modulation of gut microbiota contributes to alleviation of both genetic and simple obesity in children – Chenhong Zhang – EBioMedicine

Stool bacteriomic profiling in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma receiving vascular endothelial growth factor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors – Sumanta K. Pal – Clinical Cancer Research

Proton Pump Inhibitors Alter Specific Taxa in the Human Gastrointestinal Microbiome: A Crossover Trial – Daniel E. Freedberg – Gastroenterology

Review: The bilateral responsiveness between intestinal microbes and IgA – Andrew J. Macpherson – Trends in Immunology

Animal models

Editorial: Medicinal mushroom reduces obesity by modulating microbiota – David Holmes – Nature Reviews Endocrinology

Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765 Reduces Obesity-Associated Inflammation by Restoring the Lymphocyte-Macrophage Balance and Gut Microbiota Structure in High-Fat Diet-Fed Mice – Angela Moya-Pérez – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

Gut microbiota mediate caffeine detoxification in the primary insect pest of coffee – Javier A. Ceja-Navarro – Nature Communications

Seasonal and ontogenetic variation of skin microbial communities and relationships to natural disease dynamics in declining amphibians – Ana V. Longo – Royal Society Open Science

Most of the dominant members of amphibian skin bacterial communities can be readily cultured – Jenifer B. Walke – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Effects of Host Phylogeny and Habitats on Gut Microbiomes of Oriental River Prawn (Macrobrachium nipponense) – Tzong-Der Tzeng – PLOS ONE

Potassium permanganate elicits a shift of the external fish microbiome and increases host susceptibility to columnaris disease – Haitham H. Mohammed – Veterinary Research

Microenvironment and Phylogenetic Diversity of Prochloron Inhabiting the Surface of Crustose Didemnid Ascidians – Daniel A. Nielsen – Environmental Microbiology

Deep Characterization of the Microbiomes of Calophya spp. (Hemiptera: Calophyidae) Gall-Inducing Psyllids Reveals the Absence of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria and Three Dominant Endosymbionts – Will A. Overholt – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Review: What’s inside that seed we brew? A new approach to mining the coffee microbiome – Michael Joe Vaughan

A widespread plant-fungal-bacterial symbiosis promotes plant biodiversity, plant nutrition and seedling recruitment – Marcel GA van der Heijden – The ISME Journal

Terroir is a key driver of seed-associated microbial assemblages – Stephanie Klaedtke – Environmental Microbiology

Water microbiome

Enhanced salinities, as a proxy of seawater desalination discharges, impact coastal microbial communities of the eastern Mediterranean Sea – Natalia Belkin – Environmental Microbiology

Top-down and bottom-up control on bacterial diversity in a western Norwegian deep silled fjord – Julia E. Storesund – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Built environment microbiome

Using amplicon sequencing to characterize and monitor bacterial diversity in drinking water distribution systems – Jennifer L. A. Shaw – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Microbes in the news

This Beetle is Ruining Your Coffee With the Help of Bacteria – Ed Yong- National Geographic
Gut microbes enable coffee pest to withstand extremely toxic concentrations of caffeine – Phys.org

Microbiologists Hold the Secrets to Making Perfect Cheese – Sophia Chen – Wired.com

About a study conducted in our lab: Citizen Science: How to be Your Own Research Project – Sally James – Seattle Mag

How To Make Better Health Predictions From Our Gut Microbes – Ed Yong – National Geographic


Microbiome Teams Up Against C. diff – Researchers build a mathematical model that can predict whether a mouse will be infected by Clostridium difficile based on the microbes found in its GI tract – Jef Akst – The Scientist

Research Finds Diversifying Your Diet May Make Your Gut Healthier – News Wise

Your Gut and Heart Health Connection – Carra Richling – Huffington Post

Prozac In The Yogurt Aisle: Can ‘Good’ Bacteria Chill Us Out? – Allison Aubrey – NPR

Bacteria could improve cancer detection: University lab is researching cancer utilizing intestinal microbial biomes – Sarah Thamer – MN Daily

Science, publishing, and career

Lifelong learning: Science professors need leadership training – Charles E. Leiserson & Chuck McVinney – Nature

PLOS Ecology Community Needs 2 Community Editors – PLOS

Bik’s Picks

Finally, here are the stunning pictures of Pluto NASA has waited a decade to capture – Rachel Feltman – Washington Post
Alzheimer’s Dementia Pathologies Differ by Race – Nancy A. Melville – Medscape

Oldest sperm ever is discovered in Antarctica, by accident – Will Greenberg – Washington Post




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