January 15, 2016

Distinct microbiotas in 2 West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes, co-occurrence networks in Chinese soil, microbial communities associated with retreating glaciers.


Open for international proposals: 2016 Mo Bio Microbiome Awards – Deadline May 31

Human oral microbiome

In Vitro Cultivation of ‘Unculturable’ Oral Bacteria, Facilitated by Community Culture and Media Supplementation with Siderophores – Sonia R. Vartoukian – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Synbiotics Easing Renal Failure by Improving Gut Microbiology (SYNERGY): A Randomized Trial – Megan Rossi – Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Perspective: Effect of Synbiotic Therapy on Gut–Derived Uremic Toxins and the Intestinal Microbiome in Patients with CKD – Nosratola D. Vaziri – Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Animal models

Editorial: Microbiome: Fibre for the future – Eric C. Martens – Nature

Animal microbiome

Culex pipiens and Culex restuans mosquitoes harbor distinct microbiota dominated by few bacterial taxa – Ephantus J. Muturi – Parasites & Vectors

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Geographic patterns of co-occurrence network topological features for soil microbiota at continental scale in eastern China – Bin Ma – The ISME Journal

Evidence of the Generation of Isosaccharinic Acids and Their Subsequent Degradation by Local Microbial Consortia within Hyper-Alkaline Contaminated Soils, with Relevance to Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste Disposal – Simon P. Rout – PLOS ONE

Biodiversity and succession of mycobiota associated to agricultural lignocellulosic waste-based composting – Juan Antonio López-González – Bioresource Technology

Water/soil/glacier microbiome

Shifts in diversity and function of lake bacterial communities upon glacier retreat –  Hannes Peter – The ISME Journal

Potential sources of microbial colonizers in an initial soil ecosystem after retreat of an alpine glacier – Thomas Rime – The ISME Journal

Other microbiology

Automated broad range molecular detection of bacteria in clinical samples – Andries E. Budding – Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Natural environments, nature relatedness and the ecological theater: connecting satellites and sequencing to shinrin-yoku – Jeffrey M. Craig – Journal of Physiological Anthropology

Biodegradation of antibiotic ciprofloxacin: pathways, influential factors, and bacterial community structure – Xiaobin Liao – Environmental Science and Pollution Research


A comprehensive benchmarking study of protocols and sequencing platforms for 16S rRNA community profiling – Rosalinda D’Amore – BMC Genomics

Microbes in the news

Gut Microbes Need Fiber, Too – Karen Zusi – The Scientist

Would You Take Poop Pills If They Made You Thin? – Susan Rinkunas – New York Magazine

Weird headline above article about Sonnenburg Nature paper: Pet owners urged NOT to wash hands after handling animals to keep friendly bacteria – Laura Mowat – Express

Another puzzling project: ‘Child scientist’ Mustafa develops technique to protect crops from bacteria – Siasat

Stinging Report On Pandemics Makes Louis Pasteur Look Like A Prophet – Jason Beaubien – NPR

After Ebola, 2 Other Tropical Diseases Pose New Threats – Kate Kelland – Scientific American

Science, publishing, and career

Opinion: The Postdoc Crisis. A lack of jobs leaves postdocs without a future in academia in the United States. Meanwhile, other challenges threaten the postdoc community abroad – Muhammed Z. Ahmed – The Scientist

Is sexual harassment less common in biology than in astronomy? – Lenny Teytelman – The Spectroscope



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