May 1, 2018

A light Digest today with many bioRxiv articles and news pieces. The European Food Safety Authority warns about an emerging fungal pathogen for salamanders, heavy drinking doesn’t bode well for your oral microbiota, and a company is lifting the scientific bar for probiotics.


Program Manager, Microbiology – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – Ewing, NJ

General microbiology

** Risk of survival, establishment and spread of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) in the EU – EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Welfare et al. – EFSA Journal

Preprint: Identification of small regulatory RNAs involved in persister formation – Shanshan Zhang et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Identification of novel genes including rpmF and yjjQ critical for Type II persister formation in Escherichia coli – Shuang Liu et al. – bioRxiv

Pregnancy and early life

Preprint: Neonatal gut-microbiome-derived 12,13 DiHOME impedes tolerance and promotes childhood atopy and asthma – Sophia R Levan et al. – bioRxiv

Animal experiments

Preprint: Changes in the gut microbiota and fermentation products associated with enhanced longevity in acarbose-treated mice – Byron J. Smith et al. – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

Preprint: To B or not to B: Arsenophonus as a source of B-vitamins in whiteflies – Diego Santos-Garcia et al. – bioRxiv

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Preprint: Diversity of Culturable Endophytic bacteria from Wild and Cultivated Rice showed potential Plant Growth Promoting activities – Madhusmita Borah et al. – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome

Exogenous acyl-homoserine lactones adjust community structures of bacteria and methanogens to ameliorate the performance of anaerobic granular sludge – Longyi Lv et al. – Journal of Hazardous Materials

Preprint: Parallel Evolution of Key Genomic Features and Cellular Bioenergetics Across the Marine Radiation of a Bacterial Phylum – Eric W Getz et al. – bioRxiv


Preprint: Genome Wide Identification Of Bacterial Genes Required For Plant Infection By Tn-Seq – Kevin Royet et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Longitudinal tracking of Plasmodium falciparum clones in complex infections by amplicon deep sequencing – Anita Lerch et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Diagnosis of Human Leptospirosis: High Resolution Melting Analysis for Direct Detection of Leptospira in the Early Stage of the Disease in a Clinical Setting – Lisa Marques Esteves et al. – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Does Gut Microbiota Manipulate Our Minds? – Sci-News

Pancreatic Cancer and the Microbiome — In the Clinic – C. Andrew Kistler – Cancer Therapy Advisor

University of Hohenheim to start microbiome research center – Feedstuffs

** Heavy drinking may increase ‘bad’ bacteria in your mouth, study finds – Jason Lemon – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Vapers and non-smokers have the same flourishing gut flora – Science Daily

Drink kills good bacteria, leaving you at the mercy of disease-causing ‘baddies’ – ELIZABETH MERAB – Healthy Nation

Clinical trial offers natural eczema treatment, using good bacteria to fight the bad – EurekAlert

Why some bacteria eat antibiotics and what we can do about it – Maggie Fox – NBC News

Mediterranean diet increases ‘good’ gut bacteria – Honor Whiteman – Medical News Today

Probiotics For Babies And Kids? New Research Explores Good Bacteria – Allison Aubrey – NPR

Microbes on the market

Evogene unit Biomica designs molecules to analyze bacteria – Gali Weinreb – Globes

** Seed could change the $50 billion probiotic market by relying on real science – Erin Brodwin – The Australian Financial Review

Scientific Communication

Preprint: High impact journals in ecology cover proportionally more statistically significant findings – Silvia Ceausu et al. – bioRxiv

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