May 21, 2016

Helminths positively associated with allergy, baboon vaginal microbiome, nitrogen fixation in poplar trees, boreal lakes as analogues for the Archaean ocean, and PERMANOVA-S as alternative for weighted Unifrac.


2016 Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) Annual Meeting and Exhibition – July 24-30, New Orleans, LA

Editorial overview: Remapping the body of the world: Exploring interactions at the interface of microbial ecology, biological engineering and information science – Steven J. Hallam – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Human oral microbiome

Quantitative molecular detection of 19 major pathogens in the interdental biofilm of periodontally healthy young adults – Florence Carrouel – Frontiers in Microbiology

Species level core oral bacteriome identified by 16S rRNA pyrosequencing in a healthy young Arab population – Nezar Noor Al-hebshi – Journal of Oral Microbiology

Review: Metagenomic Insights into Transferable Antibiotic Resistance in Oral Bacteria – S. Sukumar – Journal of Dental Research

Human gut microbiome

Helminths are positively associated with atopy and wheeze in Ugandan fishing communities: results from a cross-sectional survey – E. L. Webb – Allergy

Stool frequency is associated with gut microbiota composition – Fatemeh Hadizadeh – Gut

The gut-adherent microbiota of PSC–IBD is distinct to that of IBD – Mohammed Nabil Quraishi – Gut

Mucosal adherent bacterial dysbiosis in patients with colorectal adenomas– Yingying Lu – Scientific Reports

Haloferax massiliensis sp. nov., the first human-associated halophilic archaea – Saber Khelaifia – New Microbes and New Infections

Review: The influence of commensal and pathogenic gut microbiota on prion disease pathogenesis – David S. Donaldson – Journal of General Virology

Animal experiments

Effect of Dietary Fibers on Cecal Microbiota and Intestinal Tumorigenesis in Azoxymethane Treated A/J Min/+ Mice – Birgitte Moen – PLOS ONE

Food-grade antimicrobial ɛ-polylysine transiently perturbs the structure of the murine gut microbiome – Xiaomeng You – The FASEB Journal

Animal microbiome

Baboon vaginal microbial flora – Jael A. Obiero – Journal of Medical Primatology

Diversity and fluctuation in ciliate protozoan population in the rumen of cattle – Arfan Abrar – Animal Science Journal

Dietary-driven variation effects on the symbiotic flagellate protist communities of the subterranean termite Reticulitermes grassei Clément – S. Duarte – Journal of Applied Entomology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Variable Nitrogen Fixation in Wild Populus – Sharon L. Doty – PLOS ONE

Press: Bacteria in branches naturally fertilize trees – Michelle Ma – University of Washington

Introducing BASE: the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments soil microbial diversity database – Andrew Bissett – GigaScience

Conference abstract: Microbial communities associated with the biotransformation potential of insensitive explosives in surface soils – F. Crocker – 2016 SIMB Annual Meeting and Exhibition

Water and extremophile microbiome

Millions of Boreal Shield Lakes can be used to Probe the Evolution of Archaean Ocean Life – Sherry Schiff – bioRxiv

Metagenomic Analysis of the Indian Ocean Picocyanobacterial Community: Structure, Potential Function and Evolution – Beatriz Díez – PLOS ONE

Diversity and Activity of Communities Inhabiting Plastic Debris in the North Pacific Gyre – Jessica A. Bryant – mSystems

Biogeography of sulfur-oxidizing Acidithiobacillus populations in extremely acidic cave biofilms – Daniel S Jones – ISME Journal

Biogeography and environmental genomics of the Roseobacter-affiliated pelagic CHAB-I-5 lineage – Sara Billerbeck – Nature Microbiology

Drinking water, waste and pollution microbiology

Integrative microbial community analysis reveals full-scale enhanced biological phosphorus removal under tropical conditions – Yingyu Law – Scientific Reports

Conference abstract: Microbial survival in drinking water systems – A. Pinto – 2016 SIMB Annual Meeting and Exhibition


PERMANOVA-S: Association test for microbial community composition that accommodates confounders and multiple distances – Zheng-Zheng Tang – Bioinformatics

More microbiology

ppGpp couples transcription to DNA repair in E. coli – Venu Kamarthapu – Science

Press: Factor preserves DNA integrity in bacteria despite assault from antibiotics – Science Daily
Spatial organization shapes the turnover of a bacterial transcriptome – Jeffrey R Moffitt – eLIFE

The Small World Initiative™: An Innovative Crowdsourcing Platform for Antibiotics – Ana Maria Barral – The FASEB Journal

Effects of Dispersal and Initial Diversity on the Composition and Functional Performance of Bacterial Communities – Yinghua Zha – PLOS ONE

Microbes in the news

Featuring my work (but not my quotes): The inner lives of dolphins – Marine mammals carry an unexpected microbial mix – Steve Fyffe – Stanford Medicine Magazine

About Stanley Falkow and Denise MonackMicrobe mentoring: The recipe for success includes independence, a gentle shove and a good stiff drink – Kathy Zonana – Stanford Medicine Magazine

President Obama Awards the National Medals of Science & Technology and Innovation. Stanford Professor of Microbiology Stanley Falkow get his award at 11:30 min in this video.

Students are developing bacteria that eat plastic polluting our oceans. Om nom. – Josh Hrala – Science Alert

A Comprehensive Survey of Preclinical Microbiology Curricula Among US Medical Schools – Dora J. Melber – Clinical Infectious Diseases

University Of California, San Diego Invests $12 Million In Its Own Microbiome Research Efforts! – Vinny – University Herald

Bik’s Picks

Striking Immune Phenotypes in Gene-Targeted Mice Are Driven by a Copy-Number Variant Originating from a Commercially Available C57BL/6 Strain – Vinay S. Mahajan

Press: Immune Defect Detected in Knockout Mice – Tanya Lewis – The Scientist

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