August 2, 2016

Microbial mercury in Antarctic sea ice, bacteria and magnetic field, and what is living in your showerhead.

Events and jobs

Microbiomes of the Built Environment – Meeting #3  (will also be web-casted) – Monday October 17, 2016, at UC Irvine, CA

Postdoctoral position in microbial physiology/environmental microbiology, self-healing concrete, Aarhus University Denmark – Science Careers

General microbiome

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B themed issue: ‘From DNA barcodes to biomes
A new way to contemplate Darwin’s tangled bank: how DNA barcodes are reconnecting biodiversity science and biomonitoring – Mehrdad Hajibabaei
Dissecting host-associated communities with DNA barcodes – Christopher C. M. Baker
Scaling up discovery of hidden diversity in fungi: impacts of barcoding approaches – Rebecca Yahr
Insect symbionts in food webs – Ailsa H. C. McLean

Pregnancy and birth

Review: The mode of delivery affects the diversity and colonization pattern of the gut microbiota during the first year of infants’ life: a systematic review – Erigene Rutayisire – BMC Gastroenterology

Human (and animal) oral microbiome

Review: Gene Sequence Analyses of the Healthy Oral Microbiome in Humans and Companion Animals: A Comparative Review – Eric M. Davis – Journal of Veterinary Dentistry

Human respiratory microbiome

Association between Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage and disease phenotype in patients affected by systemic lupus erythematosus – Fabrizio Conti – Arthritis Research & Therapy

Human gut microbiome

Alterations in the Fecal Microbiota of Patients with HIV-1 Infection: An Observational Study in A Chinese Population – Zongxin Ling – Scientific Reports

Animal experiments

Chronic Repression of mTOR Complex 2 Induces Changes in the Gut Microbiota of Diet-induced Obese Mice – Mi-Ja Jung – Scientific Reports

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Environmental metabarcoding reveals contrasting microbial communities at two poplar phytomanagement sites – Julie Foulon – Science of the Total Environment

Coupling among Microbial Communities, Biogeochemistry, and Mineralogy across Biogeochemical Facies – James C. Stegen – Scientific Reports

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial mercury methylation in Antarctic sea ice – Caitlin M. Gionfriddo – Nature Microbiology

Press: Antarctic sea ice may be a source of mercury in southern ocean fish and birds –

Magnetic properties of iron minerals produced by natural iron- and manganese-reducing groundwater bacteria – Alexandra Abrajevitch – Geophysical Journal International

Press: Bacteria Preserve Record of Earth’s Magnetic Fields – EOS

Evidence of small-scale spatial structuring of phytoplankton alpha- and beta-diversity in the open ocean – Erik Askov Mousing – Journal of Ecology

Food microbiology

Bacterial microbiota compositions of naturally fermented milk are shaped by both geographic origin and sample type – Z. Zhong – Journal of Dairy Science

Viruses and phages

The Double-Stranded DNA Virosphere as a Modular Hierarchical Network of Gene Sharing – Jaime Iranzo – mBio

Bioinformatics and metagenomics/metabolomics

Updated version: GutCyc: a Multi-Study Collection of Human Gut Microbiome Metabolic Models – Aria S. Hahn – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Is your gut making you sick?. New research suggests that the range and quantity of microbes that live in our guts could have a powerful effect on a range of conditions including depression, MS and obesity – Ann Robinson – The Guardian

How purple bacteria could help save amphibians in the Rockies A Colorado researcher is using boreal toads’ microbiomes to help them ward off a deadly fungus – Krista Langlois – High Country News

A short and weird storyBacteria Filled Water Almost Sends ‘Naked and Afraid’ Contestant Home – Natalie D’Alacio – Yahoo News

Your Showerhead Is Crammed Full of Bacteria That Scientists Want to Study – Kate Lunau – Motherboard

If You Had Really Good Eyesight, Could You See a Single Bacterium? – Julie Taylor – uBiomeBlog

Letter: The microbiologist who didn’t wash his hands after urinating – Peter Dawson – The Guardian

Women more likely to die from bacterial blood infection – Adrian O’Dowd – OnMedica

Sham Poo Washes Out. A bacterial pill that tried to duplicate the benefits of a fecal transplant has failed a clinical trial. What does that mean for the microbiome field? – Ed Yong – The Atlantic

Science, publishing, and career

Not “Pulling up the Ladder”: Women Who Organize Conference Symposia Provide Greater Opportunities for Women to Speak at Conservation Conferences – Stephanie Sardelis – PLOS ONE

In AustraliaStella Count: Women write twice as many books as men, but receive less than half the reviews – Daisy Dumas – Daily Life



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