April 1, 2016 (the serious one)

Make sure to check out my special April 1st post about the creative use of human-derived microbes in food and beverage production. Today’s serious update is about a twin study on oral microbiota and the effects of host genetics and smoking, microbes in floral nectar along an urbanization gradient, plankton biogeography among alpine lakes, and classification of metagenomics data.

General microbiome

Review: Compositional Data Analysis of the Microbiome: Fundamentals, Tools, and Challenges – Matthew C.B. Tsilimigras – Annals of Epidemiology

Review: Gut Microbiotas and Host Evolution: Scaling Up Symbiosis – Michael Shapira – Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Pregnancy and birth

Conference abstract: Neonatal microbiota in health and disease – P. Panigrahi – International Journal of Infectious Diseases

Human oral microbiome

Analysis of the association between host genetics, smoking, and sputum microbiota in healthy humans – Mi Young Lim – Scientific Reports

Human cervical microbiome

Combined effect of diet and cervical microbiome on the risk of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia – Sang-Soo Seo – Clinical Nutrition

Human gut microbiome

Review: The effect of NOD2 on the microbiota in Crohn’s disease – Mackenzie L Lauro – Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Animal models

Prebiotics and Bioactive Milk Fractions Affect Gut Development, Microbiota and Neurotransmitter Expression in Piglets – Kirsten Berding – Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition

Isolation of Lactobacillus reuteri from Peyer’s patches and their effects on sIgA production and gut microbiota diversity – Panpan Wang – Molecular Nutrition & Food Research

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Ectomycorrhizal fungal richness declines toward the host species’ range edge – Richard A. Lankau – Molecular Ecology

Diversity and temporal dynamics of the epiphytic bacterial communities associated with the canopy-forming seaweed Cystoseira compressa (Esper) Gerloff & Nizamuddin – Francesco Paolo Mancuso – Frontiers in Microbiology

Do rhizosphere priming effects enhance plant nitrogen uptake under elevated CO2?
Ming Nie – Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

Evidence for foliar endophytic nitrogen fixation in a widely distributed subalpine conifer – Andrew B. Moyes – New Phytologist

Microbial diversity in the floral nectar of Linaria vulgaris along an urbanization gradient – Jacek Bartlewicz – BMC Ecology

Water and pollution microbiome

Microbial eukaryote plankton communities of high-mountain lakes from three continents exhibit strong biogeographic patterns – Sabine Filker – Molecular Ecology

Nutrient uplift in a cyclonic eddy increases diversity, primary productivity and iron demand of microbial communities relative to a western boundary current – Martina A Doblin – PeerJ preprint

Connectivity between surface and deep waters determines prokaryotic diversity in the North Atlantic Deep Water – Alexander H. Frank – Environmental Microbiology

Chemical multi-contamination drives benthic prokaryotic diversity in the anthropized Toulon Bay – Benjamin Misson – Science of The Total Environment

Phylogenetic clustering of fungal communities in human-disturbed streams – H. Mykrä – Ecosphere

Built environment microbiome

Changes in bacterial composition of biofilm in a metropolitan drinking water distribution system – R. P. Revetta – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Food microbiology

Biodiversity and technological-functional potential of lactic acid bacteria isolated from spontaneously fermented quinoa sourdoughs – L. Ruiz Rodríguez – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Bioreactor microbiology

Genome-based microbial ecology of anammox granules in a full-scale wastewater treatment system – Daan R. Speth – Nature Communications

An exploratory study on the influence orange juice on gut microbiota using a dynamic colonic model – Ana Luiza Rocha Faria Duque – Food Research International

Bioinformatics and metagenomics

FOCUS2: agile and sensitive classification of metagenomics data using a reduced database – Genivaldo Silva – BioRxiv

Microbial Ecology

Microbial diversity arising from thermodynamic constraints – Tobias Großkopf – The ISME Journal


Genetic circuit design automation: Programming circuitry for synthetic biology –
Alec A. K. Nielsen – Science

Review: Exploring the Secretomes of Microbes and Microbial Communities Using Filamentous Phage Display – Dragana Gagic – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Your Cat’s Poop Might Help Save Lives: KittyBiome – Lisa Richman – Catster

Pine Bacteria Getting a Closer Look From Scientists – Lorena Anderson – UC Merced

Episode 2: Peek inside a lab trying to create living medicine — from bugs in your gut – Carl Zimmer – STAT News

Poop paper flushed due to possible sample contamination – Shannon Palus – Retraction Watch

About the minimal cell: Breakthrough in synthetic biology is far from ‘playing God’ – New Scientist

Commense Advances Microbiome Platform Targeting Early Childhood Health – Businesswire

New research supports previous findings in the placental microbiome – Baylor College of Medicine

Forensic microbiology from an entomological perspective – SFAM – Microbe Blog
New Potent Nanodrug to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Infections – University of Arkansas

Vedanta Biosciences Announces License Agreement with RIKEN and other Japanese Institutions for New Immune Boosting Microbiome Technology – Pipeline Review

Brewers Claim They’ve Made Ice-Cold Beer With Vaginal Bacteria; In Theory It Works – Dana Dovey – Medical Daily

Beer brewed with vaginal bacteria is the draft we didn’t ask for – Justina Huddleston – She Knows

Scientists create ‘programming language for bacteria’ – BT.com

‘Listeria on Rye’? Many U.S. Deli Meat Slicers Cut Corners on Cleanliness – Health Day

Retail Deli Slicer Cleaning Frequency — Six Selected Sites, United States, 2012 – Laura G. Brown – CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Science, publishing, and career

Life in the lab, book review of “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren – Meg Lowman – Science

How to Make Psychology Studies More Reliable – Ed Yong – The Atlantic

Hilda Bastian: She speaks — and draws — truth to scientific power – Karen Weintraub – STAT news


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