July 4, 2016

Happy 4th! Since most folks in the US are firing up the BBQ today, here is a very short Digest. Make sure to read Alexandra Carmichael’s piece on the connection between microbes and Independence Day.

Human gut microbiome

Gut Microbiota Developments With Emphasis on Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Report From the Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit 2016 – Hester Eppinga – Gastroenterology

Review: Targeting the ecology within: The role of the gut–brain axis and human microbiota in drug addiction – Patrick D. Skosnik – Medical Hypotheses

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Biogeographic distribution patterns of bacteria in typical Chinese forest soils – Zongwei Xia – Frontiers in Microbiology

A diverse soil microbiome degrades more crude oil than specialized bacterial assemblages obtained in culture – Terrence H. Bell – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Crown galls of grapevine (Vitis vinifera) host distinct microbiota – Hanna Faist – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Water microbiome

Environmental Breviatea harbour mutualistic Arcobacter epibionts – Emmo Hamann – Nature

Press: Research discovery may lead to new ways to treat bacterial disease. University researchers Marc Strous and Emmo Hamann part of international team exploring how microbes can be both friend and foe – Mark Lowey – UCalgary

Techniques

Effects of Specimen Collection Methodologies and Storage Conditions on the Short-Term Stability of Oral Microbiome Taxonomy – Ting Luo – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Microbes in the news

The microbes that mark Independence Day – Alexandra Carmichael – uBiome

Subway system laden with harmless bacteria, researchers say. ‘I wouldn’t recommend licking the seats any time soon,’ Harvard professor says – Amina Zafar – CBC News

Bacteria ‘gardeners’ farm algae to harvest when food runs out – Andy Coghlan – New Scientist

More flour recalled as the FDA doubles down on cookie dough warning – Ars Technica

Bacteria Hysteria

Your Cell Phone is Covered in Germs! 5 Tips to Keep It Clean – Ryan Reed – HGTV

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