May 10, 2017

A short digest today, but not without interesting pieces. Largest study yet to demonstrate vertical transfer of bacteria from mother to infant, microbes could orchestrate plant ‘migration’, and many fascinating pieces of news on microbes. How may we make peace with microbes in and around us?

General microbiology

Using Resurrected Ancestral Proviral Proteins to Engineer Virus Resistance – Asunción Delgado et al. – Cell Reports

Press: Four-billion-year-old ‘fossil’ protein resurrected in bacteria protects them from viruses –

Infant Gut Microbiome

Association Between Breast Milk Bacterial Communities and Establishment and Development of the Infant Gut Microbiome – Pia S. Pannaraj et al. – JAMA Pediatrics

Press: Breastfeeding plays important role in ‘seeding’ infant microbiome with beneficial bacteria – Leigh Hopper – UCLA

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Microbial communities and diazotrophic activity differ in the root-zone of Alamo and Dacotah switchgrass feedstocks – Richard R. Rodrigues et al. – Global Change Biology Bioenergy

Divergent plant–soil feedbacks could alter future elevation ranges and ecosystem dynamics – Michael E. Van Nuland et al. – Nature Ecology and Evolution

Press: Microscopic soil creatures could orchestrate massive tree ‘migrations’ – University of Tennessee at Knoxville – Science Daily

Microbes in the news

Global warming is altering the microbiota of lizards – Brooks Hays – UPI

TOO much exercise causes a leaky gut and increases health risks, research shows (and be especially careful if you work in the military) – Claudia Tanner – Daily Mail

Be wary of the title: Bacteria in Yogurt Cures Depression, Study Shows – Lorie Johnson – CBN News

Anecdotal evidence: Faecal transplants boost mind-gut link – Sarah Wiedersehn – Yahoo News

Bacteria appears to be behind mysterious outbreak in Liberia – Mike Stobbe – ABC News

Scientists Battle Bacteria with Silver and Mucus – Shawn Radcliffe – Healthline News

Verify: Will I contract flesh-eating bacteria at the beach in Texas? – Brandon Jones – KVUE

BACTERIA could mean the end of the pothole: Radical self repairing road can ‘grow’ into cracks – Cecile Borkhataria – Daily Mail

I Survived Flesh-Eating Bacteria—and It Changed My Life Forever – Aimee Copeland – Time

Microbes on the market

Oral enzyme prevents C. difficile infection, VRE colonization – Healio Gastroenterology

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