January 25, 2016

Today’s digest features biogeography of the human mouth, MALDI-TOF-MS, and microbes from ancient halite. OK, it is technically already Tuesday, but I was busy life tweeting from the Microbiome Symposium today at Stanford. The symposium featured many of the microbiome stars of our University – see my combined life tweets during the conference at Storify


Gut microbiota in health and disease – from concept to evidence – March 17, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden. The symposium will be webcasted live at kva.se and will later be available as video-on-demand at kvatv.se.

Human oral microbiome

Biogeography of a human oral microbiome at the micron scale – Jessica L. Mark Welch – PNAS

Animal models of microbiome research

Experimental modulation of external microbiome affects nestmate recognition in harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex barbatus) – Andy Dosmann – PeerJ

Review: Incorporating the gut microbiota into models of human and non-human primate ecology and evolution – Katherine R. Amato – American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Animal microbiome

Faecal contamination of echinoderms: first report of heavy Escherichia coli loading of sea urchins from a natural growing area – M. Bouchoucha – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Extremophile microbiome

Review: Buried Alive: Microbes from Ancient Halite – Salla T. Jaakkola – Trends in Microbiology

Food microbiology

Effect of X-ray treatments on Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella flexneri, Salmonella enterica and inherent microbiota on whole mangoes – B.S.M. Mahmoud – Letters in Applied Microbiology


Advantage of MALDI-TOF-MS over biochemical-based phenotyping for microbial identification illustrated on industrial applications – S.K. Urwyler – Letters in Applied Microbiology

More microbiology

Fueling the Bio-economy: European Culture Collections and Microbiology Education and Training – André Antunes – Trends in Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Do probiotics cure asthma? Don’t believe the hype: Jonathan Eisen awards “prizes” to those who “oversell the microbiome” – Emma Bryce – Wired

The Forest In Your Mouth – Ed Yong – Phenomena National Geographic

Take your kids to the bugs on a Sunday afternoon – Micropia, the world’s only microbe zoo in Amsterdam – Mathias Grote – ASM Blog

IS-diagnostics Publishes Validation of PCR-Based Clinical Metagenomic MDx –  Madeleine Johnson – Genome Web

Bacteria Hysteria

Bacteria won’t wash, with the Brushield toothbrush cover – GizMag

Science, publishing, and career

#ResearchParasites and #ScienceColonialism – featuring Tweets from @DNLee5 & some discussion – Jonathan Eisen – Storify



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