December 16, 2015

Two papers showing no differences on soil/root microbiomes between transgenic and non-transgenic plants, a new technique to study bacterial interactions. Then, after a 5-day hiatus, I finally got a new NCBI’s Pubmed alert with 159 articles. Before I sort through all of these, here is what I have collected so far today. I might do another blog post later today or tonight to catch up.

Microbiome biotech company to watch: Osel Inc in Mountain View

Microbiome models

Unveiling Bacterial Interactions through Multidimensional Scaling and Dynamics Modeling – Pedro Dorado-Morales – Scientific Reports

Human respiratory microbiome

Review: The human microbiome, asthma, and allergy – Amund Riiser – Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology

Human gut microbiome

Sequence-based methods for detecting and evaluating the human gut mycobiome – Mallory J. Suhr – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Alterations in the gut microbiotas of children with food sensitization in early life – Chien-Chang Chen – Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

Plants, roots, and soil microbiome

Community Structure of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Rhizospheric Soil of a Transgenic High-Methionine Soybean and a Near Isogenic Variety – Jingang Liang – PLOS ONE

Transgenic banana plants expressing Xanthomonas wilt resistance genes revealed a stable non-target bacterial colonization structure – Jean Nimusiima – Scientific Reports

Comparison of myxobacterial diversity and evaluation of isolation success in two niches: Kiritimati Island and German compost – Kathrin I. Mohr – MicrobiologyOpen

Community Analysis of Root- and Tuber-Associated Bacteria in Field-Grown Potato Plants Harboring Different Resistance Levels against Common Scab – Akira Kobayashi – Microbes and Environments

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial eukaryotic distributions and diversity patterns in a deep-sea methane seep ecosystem – Alexis L. Pasulka – Environmental Microbiology

Subseafloor microbial communities in hydrogen-rich vent fluids from hydrothermal systems along the Mid-Cayman Rise – Julie Reveillaud – Environmental Microbiology

Bacterial Community Analysis of Drinking Water Biofilms in Southern Sweden – Katharina Lührig – Microbes and Environments

Microbes in the news

Amy Apprill of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution studies the humpback microbiome – Science Magazine

Microbiology: Inflammatory evidence – Kirsten Weir – Nature Outlook

Microbiomes: Curating communities from plants – Gwyn A. Beattie – Nature News and Views

Everything you wanted to know about space poop – David Coil – MicroBEnet

U.S. Navy Recruits Gut Microbes to Fight Obesity and Disease:
The military is creating “smart” E. coli to combat a variety of disorders faced by warfighters – Jennifer Ackerman – Scientific American

Gut microbes: Burning calories while you sleep? Study links changes in gut bacteria to lower resting metabolic rate and weight gain in mice – Jennifer Brown – Iowa Now

Zinc deficiency alters gut bacteria makeup and function – Krishna Ramanujan – Cornell University

Our water pipes crawl with millions of bacteria – Lund University – EurekAlert

1 Percent Human, 99 Percent Bacteria – David Samadi – Huffington Post

Land use may weaken amphibian’s capacity to fight infection and disease – Case Western Reserve University – EurekAlert

Science, publishing, and career

Evelyn Witkin and the Road to DNA Enlightenment – Claudia Dreifus – NY Times

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