October 17, 2015

Fungal infection in brains of Alzheimer patients (already generating a lot of discussion on Twitter), solving a bloody mess in leeches, crosstalk in sewage cleaning plant roots, stromatolite microbiomes, halophilic viruses, and a new tool called Schmutzi.

General human microbiome

Different Brain Regions are Infected with Fungi in Alzheimer’s Disease – Diana Pisa – Scientific Reports

Human (and dog) oral microbiome

Microbiological Analysis of Anaerobic Bacteria Isolated from Periodontal
Pockets in Cases of Periodontal Disease in Dogs and Humans – Magdalena Gołyńska – Dentistry

Human gut microbiome

Review: Changes seen in gut bacteria content and distribution with obesity: causation or association? – David S. H. Bell – Postgraduate Medicine

Review: Obesity, Diet and the Gut Microbiota – Anthony R. Bird – Current Nutrition Reports

Animal models

Divergent responses of viral and bacterial communities in the gut microbiome to dietary disturbances in mice – Adina Howe – The ISME Journal

Bacterial community response to changes in a tri-trophic cascade during a whole-lake fish manipulation – Jatta Saarenheimo – Ecology

Animal microbiome

Solving a bloody mess: B-vitamin independent metabolic convergence among gammaproteobacterial obligate endosymbionts from blood-feeding arthropods and the leech Haementeria officinalis – Alejandro Manzano-Marín – Genome Biology and Evolution

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Beneficial Bacteria Isolated from Grapevine Inner Tissues Shape Arabidopsis thaliana Roots – Enrico Baldan – PLOS ONE

Relating belowground microbial composition to the taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional trait distributions of trees in a tropical forest – Albert Barberán – Ecology Letters

Revealing crosstalk of plant and fungi in the symbiotic roots of sewage-cleaning Eichhornia crassipes using direct de novo metatranscriptomic analysis – Bin Luo – Scientific Reports

Impacts of root symbiotic associations on interspecific variation in sugar exudation rates and rhizosphere microbial communities: a comparison among four plant families – Atushi Okubo – Plant and Soil

Nitrogen fertilization directly affects soil bacterial diversity and indirectly affects bacterial community composition – Jun Zeng – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Influence of Microbial Composition on the Carbon Storage capacity of the Mangrove soil at the land-ocean boundary in the Sundarban Mangrove Ecosystem, India – Subhajit Das – Geomicrobiology Journal

Extremophile microbiome

Analysis of metagenomic data reveals common features of halophilic viral communities across continents – S. Roux – Environmental Microbiology

Characterization of the stromatolite microbiome from Little Darby Island, The Bahamas using predictive and whole shotgun metagenomic analysis – Giorgio Casaburi – Environmental Microbiology

Metagenomic analysis provides insights into functional capacity in a hyperarid desert soil niche community – Surendra Vikram – Environmental Microbiology

Plants impact structure and function of bacterial communities in Arctic soils – Manoj Kumar – Plant and Soil

Novel and Unexpected Microbial Diversity in Acid Mine Drainage in Svalbard (78° N), Revealed by Culture-Independent Approaches – Antonio García-Moyano – Microorganisms

Waste treatment microbiology

Assessment of human virus removal during municipal wastewater treatment in Edmonton, Canada – Yuanyuan Qiu – Journal of Applied Microbiology

The change of microbial community from chlorinated solvent-contaminated groundwater after biostimulation using the metagenome analysis – Chih-Ming Kao – Journal of Hazardous Materials

Metagenomics and bioinformatics

Pathway Tools version 19.0 update: software for pathway/genome informatics and systems biology – Peter D. Karp – Briefings in Bioinformatics

Jflow: a workflow management system for web applications – Jérôme Mariette – Bioinformatics

Schmutzi: estimation of contamination and endogenous mitochondrial consensus calling for ancient DNA – Gabriel Renaud – Genome Biology

Microbes in the news

Inside the Grim World of the Phytoplasmas ‘Zombie’ Plant Bacteria – Michael Byrne – Motherboard

The Future of Dieting Is Personalized Algorithms Based on Your Gut Bacteria – Melissa Dahl – Huffington Post

From migraine to microbiome, 20 companies to watch at big BIO investor event – Ron Leuty – San Francisco Business Times

Microbial considerations in rosacea treatment: Greater understanding of that demodex mites play may uncover new therapeutic options – Lisette Hilton – Dermatology Times

Science, publishing, and career
Men set their own cites high: Gender and self-citation across fields and over time – Molly M. King
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