June 14, 2017

Still quite a few articles on rhizosphere, and antibiotic resistance remains a hot topic, both in the literature and media. How about a Micro-lympics?


Microbiology Technician – Seattle Washington


*Annual Microbiology Retreat µlympics – Indiana University

General microbiology

*Commentary: History of Medicine: Origin of the Term Microbiome and why it Matters – Susan L. Prescott – Human Microbiome Journal

A Stoichioproteomic Analysis of Samples from the Human Microbiome Project – Briana Vecchio-Pagan – Frontiers in Microbiology

Adaptor protein mediates dynamic pump assembly for bacterial metal efflux – Ace George Santiago et al. – PNAS

Press: E. coli bacteria’s defense secret revealed – Bill Steele – Phys.org

Uncharacterized bacterial structures revealed by electron cryotomography – Megan J. Dobro et al. – Journal of Bacteriology

Press: Researchers discover new structures in bacteria, seek to determine function – Phys.org

Microbots decorated with silver nanoparticles kill bacteria in aqueous media – Diana Vilela et al. – Applied Materials and Interfaces

Human gut microbiome

Book chapter: The gut microbiome and inflammatory bowel disease – Maire A. Conrad et al. – Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ed. Petar Mamula et al.)

Quantitative systems pharmacology and the personalized drug-microbiota-diet axis – Ines Thiele et al. – Current Opinion in Systems Biology

Human nearly-sterile sites

Endometrial microbiota—new player in town – Inmaculada Moreno & Jason M. Franasiak – Fertility and Sterility

Contributions of the maternal oral and gut microbiome to placental microbial colonization in overweight and obese pregnant women – Luisa F. Gomez-Arango et al. – Scientific Reports

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Stability and dynamics of enzyme activity patterns in the rice rhizosphere: Effects of plant growth and temperature – Tida Ge et al. – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Doctoral thesis: Exploring candidate genes and rhizosphere microbiome in relation to iron cycling in Andean potatoes – Hua Xiao – Virginia Tech

Analysis of bacterial communities in rhizosphere soil of continuously cropped healthy and diseased konjac – Jinping Wu et al. – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

*Fishing bacteria with a nanonet – F. De Cesare et al. – Materials Today

Isolation, identification, characterization, and screening of rhizospheric bacteria for herbicidal activity – Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji et al. – Organic Agriculture

Bacterial communities on wheat grown under long-term conventional tillage and no-till in the Pacific Northwest of the US – Chuntao Yin et al. – Phytobiomes

*Dispersal enhances beta diversity in nectar microbes – Rachel L. Vannette & Tadashi Fukami – Ecology Letters

Temporal dynamics of soil microbial communities below the seedbed under two contrasting tillage regimes – Florine Degrune et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Effect of phosphate-solubilizing bacteria on phosphorus dynamics and the bacterial community during composting of sugarcane industry waste – German A. Estrada-Bonilla et al. – Systematic and Applied Microbiology

Colonization habitat controls biomass, composition, and metabolic activity of attached microbial communities in the Columbia River hyporheic corridor – Noah Stern et al. – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Prokaryote species richness is positively correlated with eukaryote abundance in wastewater treatment biofilms – I.L. Angell et al. – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Built environment

The bacterial composition of ventilation filter dust in Norwegian pre-school nurseries – Anders B Nygaard & Colin Charnock – Indoor and Built Environment

Factors Determining the Biodiversity of Halophilic Microorganisms on Historic Masonry Buildings – Anna Otlewska et al. – Microbes and Environments

Phages and viruses

The pepper virome: natural co-infection of diverse viruses and their quasispecies – Yeonhwa Jo et al. – BMC Genomics


A novel method to determine the minimum number of sequences required for reliable microbial community analysis – Jiajia Ni et al. – Journal of Microbiological Methods

*PrePrint: Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation − a benchmark of computational metagenomics software – Alexander Sczyrba et al. – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Live antibiotics use bacteria to kill bacteria – Elizabeth Eaton – Science News

Will a New Drug to Fight Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Really Work? – Shawn Radcliffe – Healthline news

Former Pfizer Scientist Is Resurrecting Projects To Solve The Multidrug Resistant Bacteria Problem – John LaMattina – Forbes

The Algae That Devastated Florida’s Coasts Also Contained 28 Kinds Of Bacteria, Study Finds – Kate Stein – WGCU

Microbes on the market

DoggyBiome: studying the microbiome to improve dog health – AnimalBiome – Backerkit

Science, career and publishing

Book chapter: Women of Science – Laura E. Willis – Viewpoints on Media Effects: Pseudo-reality and Its Influence on Media Consumers (Ed. Carol M. Madere)

PrePrint: An elective course for medical students on innovation and entrepreneurship – Erik Reinertsen et al. – bioRxiv

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