October 26, 2016

Discount on San Diego Microbiome Congress, sleep deprivation, constipation, strange structures in blood are not bacteria, complexity in corals, grape microbiota, microbial corrosion.


North American Microbiome Congress – San Diego, 24-25 January 2017. This is the conference that was criticized online by Jonathan Eisen (see here) and me about the initial lack of diversity in the speaker line-up. The organizers have taken this to heart, apologized, and will make an effort to do better in the future. After talking to the organizers, they are offering my readers a 15% discount code ‘DIGEST15’ on the conference fee. There are also reduced priced Early Bird tickets available until 31st October 2016.

Human respiratory microbiome

Re-emergence of Lower Airway Microbiota in Cystic Fibrosis Lung Transplant Patients – Saad A Syed – Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Human gut microbiome

Gut Microbiota and Glucometabolic Alterations in Response to Recurrent Partial Sleep Deprivation in Normal-weight Young Individuals – Christian Benedict – Molecular Metabolism

Press: Sleep loss tied to changes of the gut microbiota in humans – Science Daily
Sleep loss may be linked to changes in gut bacteria levels – Ryan Maass – UPI

Characterization of Microbiota in Children with Chronic Functional Constipation – Tim G. J. de Meij – PLOS ONE

Microbiome of nearly-sterile sites

Pleomorphic Structures in Human Blood Are Red Blood Cell-Derived Microparticles, Not Bacteria – Adam J. Mitchell – PLOS ONE

Animal models

Antibiotic effects on gut microbiota and metabolism are host dependent – Shiho Fujisaka – The Journal of Clinical Investigation

Diversity and resilience of the wood-feeding higher termite Mironasutitermes shangchengensis gut microbiota in response to temporal and diet variations – Ying Wang – Ecology and Evolution

Animal microbiome

Distinguishing between Microbial Habitats Unravels Ecological Complexity in Coral Microbiomes – Amy Apprill – mSystems

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Looking for Rhizobacterial Ecological Indicators in Agricultural Soils Using 16S rRNA metagenomic Amplicon Data – José R. Valverde – PLOS ONE

Biochar-stimulated plant performance is strongly linked to microbial diversity and metabolic potential in the rhizosphere – Max Kolton – New Phytologist

Wine microbiology is driven by vineyard and winery anthropogenic factors – Cédric Grangeteau – Microbial Biotechnology

Effect of 40 and 80 Years of Conifer Regrowth on Soil Microbial Activities and Community Structure in Subtropical Low Mountain Forests – Ed-Haun Chang – Forests

Water microbiome

mdRNA-Seq analysis of marine microbial communities from the northern Red Sea – Shengwei Hou – Scientific Reports

Assessing Marine Microbial Induced Corrosion at Santa Catalina Island, California – Gustavo A. Ramírez – Frontiers in Microbiology

Bioreactor microbiology

Wow, this paper will cost you $63: Diversity of Microbial Communities in Biogas Reactors – Bernadett Pap – Current Biochemical Engineering

Viruses and phages

Viral Metagenomics on Blood-Feeding Arthropods as a Tool for Human Disease Surveillance – Annika Brinkmann – Int J Mol Sci


An introduction to microbiome analysis for human biology applications – Katherine R. Amato – American Journal of Human Biology

Instrument for Real-Time Digital Nucleic Acid Amplification on Custom Microfluidic Devices – David A. Selck – PLOS ONE

Microbes in the news

Reef rehab could help threatened corals make a comeback. Solutions for threatened reefs vary by location and damage done – Amy McDermott – Science News

Bacteria get dangerously weird in space – Shayla Love – Washington Post

Cranberry extract disrupts communication between bacteria linked to pervasive infections – News Medical Net

LSU alumna Kaitlynn Fenley teaches microbiology cooking class – Allie Cobb – The Daily Reveille

NIH research project will upgrade ‘metagenomics’ system – Purdue

Science, publishing, and career

Beyond Traditional Scientific Training: The Importance of Community and Empowerment for Women in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – M. Claire Horner-Devine – Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

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