August 3, 2015

Comparing bifidobacterial strains from mom and baby using metagenomics, finding good markers for human fecal matter, the microbiome of a meat processing facility, and a review on community assembly.

Pregnancy and birth microbiome

MetagenomicsExploring vertical transmission of bifidobacteria from mother to child – Christian Milani – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Animal microbiome

Comparison of sewage and animal fecal microbiomes using oligotyping reveals potential human fecal indicators in multiple taxonomic groups – Jenny C. Fisher – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Nitrogen Cycling Potential of a Grassland Litter Microbial Community – Michaeline B. Nelson – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Water microbiome

Impact of silver nanoparticles on benthic prokaryotes in heavy metal-contaminated estuarine sediments in a tropical environment – B. Antizar-Ladislao – Marine Pollution Bulletin

Built environment and food microbiology

Meat processing plant microbiome and contamination patterns of cold-tolerant bacteria causing food safety and spoilage risks in the manufacture of vacuum-packaged, cooked sausages – Jenni Hultman – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Microbial Ecology

An Economic Framework of Microbial Trade – Joshua Tasoff – PLOS ONE

Review: Historical Contingency in Community Assembly: Integrating Niches, Species Pools, and Priority Effects – Tadashi Fukami – Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics

Microbes in the news

These Bizarre Fungi Resemble Corpse Fingers, UFOs, Tongues – Liz Langley – National Geographic

Alarming survey of NYC subway bacteria gets corrected – CBS News

WHO and Sailing Body Seek Virus Tests in Rio Olympic Venues – Stephen Wade – ABC News

Grocers Are Taking Their Anti-Antibiotic Stance to the High Seas:Costco will buy more farmed salmon from Norway, which is raised with far fewer drugs than Chilean fish. – Willy Blackmore – Take Part

There may be a complex market living in your gut: Researchers apply economic concepts to explore the mysteries of the microbial world – Science Daily

Alum helps ASU microbiology students realize their dreams – Arizona State University

India’s Youngest PG To Do Doctorate In Environmental Microbiology – Tehelka

Bacteria pieces in Royal JellyNo shot needed, bees vaccinate their babies naturally – Arizona State University

Science, publishing, and career

The silent revolution in peer review – The Loop – Frontiers

Bik’s Picks

Women’s immune system genes operate differently from men’s – Stanford Medicine

Study Shows Plants Exhibit ‘Animal-Like’ Signals Despite Lack Of Nervous System – Rhodi Lee – Tech Times

Florida’s giant snails prove to be a slippery foe: Plant detectives and Sierra, the lab, are on their trail – AFP News

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