Good afternoon/morning wherever you are!
Surprisingly, today’s digest has ZERO papers relating to human microbiome. Instead, you’ll find great papers dealing with soil and plant microbiome, the marine environment and antibiotic resistance in glaciers.
Personally, a request and note for all of us in the community- Please invest time in making proper and accurate metadata for your publicly availuable datasets. As someone who’s been struggeling with public shotgun metagenomic datasets for the past 12 months of my PhD,it is so frustrating to be able to find potentially suitable dataset- with crappy metadata. Yes, probably you remembered to uploade your 4 GB of data an hour before the paper submission, and you really wanted to be done with that. But please bear in mind there is a solid reason for journals’ request to upload the data- so other people will be able to review it, conduct their own experiments and reprouce yours. Decent metadata is just another item in the practicing of good science, just like making controls and avoid contaminations. Remember- you ARE your metadata!
Soil and Plant microbiome
**Review Paper: Modulation of the Root Microbiome by Plant Molecules: The Basis for Targeted Disease Suppression and Plant Growth Promotion, Alberto Pascale , Front. Plant Sci.
Seasonal variation of epiphytic bacteria in the phyllosphere of Gingko biloba, Pinus bungeana and Sabina chinensis, Lijun Bao, FEMS Micro. Eco.
Influence of Plant Fraction, Soil, and Plant Species on Microbiota: a Multikingdom Comparison, Andrzej Tkacz , mBio
A plant pathogen utilizes effector proteins for microbiome manipulation, Nick C. Snelders , bioRxiv
Analysis of the Soil Microbiome of a Los Angeles Urban Farm, Savanah St. Clair, AEM
Biotic and abiotic drivers of soil microbial functions across tree diversity experiments, Simone Cesarz, bioRxiv
Revealing changes in the microbiome of Symbiodiniaceae under thermal stress, Emma F. Camp, Environmental Microbiology
Characterization of a sponge microbiome using an integrative genome-centric approach, J. Pamela Engelberts , ISME
Occurrence of integrons and antibiotic resistance genes in cryoconite and ice of Svalbard, Greenland, and the Caucasus glaciers, Nicoletta Makowska, Science of the Total Environment
**If you live around Brussles (Belgium), check out this cool workshop around science communication to the public (deadline for application is by this Friday!)
Microbiome in the news
Vaginal Microbiome and Premature Birth
Researchers highlight link between microbiome and melanoma