August 6, 2015

Obesity in Korean adolescents, banana rhizosphere, rare taxa and Deepwater Horizon spill, leaking septic tanks, and visualization of ‘omics data.


BioMicroWorld 2015: International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology, 28-30 October 2015, Barcelona, Spain – Has a workshop called: “Modelling bacterial dynamics using the R software”

Human oral and gut microbiome

Oral and faecal microbiota in volunteers with hypertension in a double blind, randomised placebo controlled trial with probiotics and fermented bilberries – Jie Xu – Journal of Functional Foods

Obesity Alters the Microbial Community Profile in Korean Adolescents – Hae-Jin Hu – PLOS ONE

Microbiome models

Rescue of Fructose-Induced Metabolic Syndrome by Antibiotics or Faecal Transplantation in a Rat Model of Obesity – Blanda Di Luccia – PLOS ONE

Plants, roots, and soil microbiome

Manipulating the banana rhizosphere microbiome for biological control of Panama disease – Chao Xue – Scientific Reports

Review: Roots Shaping Their Microbiome: Global Hotspots for Microbial Activity – Barbara Reinhold-Hurek – Annual Review of Phytopathology

Effect of Agricultural Amendments on Cajanus cajan (Pigeon Pea) and Its Rhizospheric Microbial Communities – A Comparison between Chemical Fertilizers and Bioinoculants – Rashi Gupta – PLOS ONE

Effect of genetically modified rice producing resveratrol on the soil microbial communities – Soo-In Sohn – Journal of the Korean Society for Applied Biological Chemistry

Water microbiome

Diverse, rare microbial taxa responded to the Deepwater Horizon deep-sea hydrocarbon plume – Sara Kleindienst – The ISME Journal

Linking fecal bacteria in rivers to landscape, geochemical, and hydrologic factors and sources at the basin scale – Marc P. Verhougstraete – PNAS

Toolbox approaches using molecular markers and 16S rDNA amplicon datasets for the identification of fecal pollution in surface water – W. Ahmed – Applied and Environmental Microbiology


Anvi’o: An advanced analysis and visualization platform for ‘omics data – A. Murat Eren – Peer J

InteMAP: Integrated metagenomic assembly pipeline for NGS short reads – Binbin Lai – BMC Bioinformatics

MiRKAT peeks at associations between the microbiome and disease – —JM Kocarnik – Fred Hutch

Fungi and microbiomes

Noisy neighbourhoods: quorum sensing in fungal polymicrobial infections – Emily F. Dixon – Cellular Microbiology

Metabarcoding analysis of home composts reveals distinctive fungal communities with a high number of unassigned sequences – Adrian Langarica-Fuentes – Microbiology

More microbes

Review: Next-generation sequencing for pathogen detection and identification – Kenneth G. Frey – Methods in Microbiology

Microbes in the news

University of Missouri hosts open house at DNA sequencing center – Megan Favignano – Columbia Tribune

Detective work traces bacteria in Michigan rivers back to leaky septic tanks – Rebecca Williams – Michigan Radio

Bacteria that may cause spotty liver disease in chickens identified – Farmers Weekly

Bik’s Picks

World’s first ant map launched in Hong Kong:geographic locations of nearly 15,000 types of ant – Business Insider

Seeds That Defied Romans, Pirates, and Nazis – Robert Krulwich – National Geographic

The dark side of the moon sails across Earth in new NASA video – Deborah Netburn – Los Angeles Times




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