May 17, 2020

Hello from the Sonoran Desert! It is a sunny Sunday over Tucson, Az! I find that Sundays are the best to explore new ideas and concepts, and I especially love to take the time to read a good opinion piece or parse few review papers. In today’s digest, you’ll find a fascinating review on the Tara Ocean expedition and how it changed our understanding of marine microbial communities. If you’re more interested in the human-associated microbiome, fear not! There is also great pieces on the gut microbiota in athletes and on the interaction of oral and lung microbiome in the context of lung diseases.

If like me, you are a computational biologist thinking about microbiome data all day, you should enjoy reading today’s non microbiology pick, a great perspective paper discussing the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data principle and what are the current hurdles that limit open data reuse.

Have a great Sunday!

Pregnancy and early life

Review: The impact of maternal and early life malnutrition on health: a diet-microbe perspective – Andrew J. Forgie et al. – BMC Medicine

Multi-site human microbiome

Perspective: Microbial Diagnostics for Cancer: A Step Forward but Not Prime Time Yet –  Cynthia L. Sears et al. – Cancer Cell

Human respiratory microbiome

Review: Oral-lung microbiome interactions in lung diseases –  Manoj J. Mammen et al. – Periodontology

Human gut microbiome

Review: The athletic gut microbiota – Alex E. Mohr et al. – Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

Colorectal cancer occurrence and treatment based on changes in intestinal flora – Huifang Si et al. –  Seminars in cancer Biology

Animal experiments 

Microbial communities modulating brain functioning and behaviors in zebrafish: A mechanistic approach – Larica Mohanta et al. –  Microbial Pathogenesis

Multi-omics reveals that the rumen microbiome and its metabolome together with the host metabolome contribute to individualized dairy cow performance – Ming-Yuan Xue et al. – Microbiome

Preprint: Rumen protozoa shape microbiome composition and metabolic output of fermentation – Ronnie Solomon et al. – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Changes in the gut microbiota during Asian particolored bat (Vespertilio sinensis) development – Zhongwei Yin et al. – Microbiology

After the bite: bacterial transmission from grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) to harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) – Maarten J. Gilbert et al. – Royal Society open science

Exploration of the virome of the European brown shrimp (Crangon crangon) – Benigna Van Eynde et al. – Journal of General Virology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Opinion: The Role of Rhizosphere Bacteriophages in Plant Health – Akbar Adjie Pratama et al. – Trends in Microbiology

Analyzing bacterial community in pit mud of Yibin Baijiu in China using high throughput sequencing –  Li Chen et al. – PeerJ

Shifts of bacterial community structure and function in long-term soybean monoculture – Fengjuan Pan et al. – Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science

Bacterial Diversity in Peat Soils of Forest Ecosystems and Oil Palm Plantation – N. A. Kusai et al. – Soil Biology

Space Is More Important than Season when Shaping Soil Microbial Communities at a Large Spatial Scale – Kaoping Zhang et al. – mSystems

Effects of cadmium perturbation on the microbial community structure and heavy metal resistome of a tropical agricultural soil – Lateef B. Salam et al. – Bioresources and Bioprocessing

Competition for iron drives phytopathogen control by natural rhizosphere microbiomes – Shaohua Gu et al. – Nature Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome (sea, rivers, lakes, glaciers, permafrost, high-salt)

Review: Tara Oceans: towards global ocean ecosystems biology – Shinichi Sunagawa et al. – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Review: Microbial genomics amidst the Arctic crisis – Arwyn Edwards et al. – Microbial genomics

Exceptional but vulnerable microbial diversity in coral reef animal surface microbiomes – Marlène Chiarello et al. – Proceedings of the royal society biological sciences


A powerful microbial group association test based on the higher criticism analysis for sparse microbial association signals – Hyunwook Koh et al. – Microbiome

Review: A practical guide to amplicon and metagenomic analysis of microbiome data – Yong-Xin Liu et al. – Protein Cell

TAMA: improved metagenomic sequence classification through meta-analysis – Mikang Sim et al. – BMC Bioinformatics

nf-rnaSeqMetagen: A nextflow metagenomics pipeline for identifying and characterizing microbial sequences from RNA-seq data – Phelelani T. Mpangase et al. – Medicine in Microecology

My non-microbiology pick

Perspective: FAIR Data Sharing: The Roles of Common Data Elements and Harmonization – R.D.Kush et al. – Journal of Biomedical Informatics

April 19, 2020

Hello from the Sonoran Desert! It is a lovely morning here in Tucson, Az. I am excited to send my first contribution to Microbiome Digest! There is a lot of diversity in today’s digest, but if microbes thriving in all kinds of strange, extreme conditions are your area of interest, you’ll be interested in the book compiling the latest studies on extremophiles. Each chapter focuses on a particular environment, ranging from deserts to deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and explores the mechanisms allowing microbes to survive these incredible conditions.

If like me, you are a computational biology enthusiast and a machine learning addict, you should enjoy reading the last entry, a short perspective paper examining how machine learning algorithms can help predict antibiotic resistance!

Have a great Sunday!

General microbiology

Preprint: Interspecies interactions in bacterial colonies are determined by physiological traits and the environment – Booth – BioRxiv

Human gut and mouth microbiome

Bacterial colonization reprograms the neonatal gut metabolome – Bittinger – Nature microbiology

Salivary Factors that Maintain the Normal Oral Commensal Microflora – Carpenter – Journal of dental research

Preprint: Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing of Rectal Swabs for the Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistant Organisms on the Illumina Miseq and Oxford MinION Platforms – Yee – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

Preprint: Mortality of native and invasive ladybirds co-infected by ectoparasitic and entomopathogenic fungi – Haelewaters – bioRxiv

Built environment

Preprint: The Microbes Found in the Honey of New York City Beehives – Weiss – BioRxiv

Correlation between autochthonous microbial communities and key odorants during the fermentation of red pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) – Xu – Food Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Book: Microbial Versatility in Varied Environments: Microbes in Sensitive Environments – collective – Springer Nature

The seasonal variation of microbial communities in drinking water sources in Shanghai – Guo – Journal of Cleaner Production

Plant, root and soil microbiome

LDPE microplastics significantly alter the temporal turnover of soil microbial communities –  Wang – Science of the total environment

High abundance of Ralstonia solanacearum changed tomato rhizosphere microbiome and metabolome – Wen – BMC Plant Biology

Phages and viruses

Preprint : First evidence of virus-like particles in the bacterial symbionts of Bryozoa – Vishnyakov – BioRxiv

Microbial community development on model particles in the deep sulfidic waters of the Black Sea – Suominen – Environmental microbiology

The stepwise assembly of the neonatal virome is modulated by breastfeeding – Liang – Nature


Preprint: Bayesian classification, anomaly detection, and survival analysis using network inputs with application to the microbiome – Josephs – arXiv


Preprint: Expanding the diversity of bacterioplankton isolates and modeling isolation efficacy with large scale dilution-to-extinction cultivation – Henson – bioRxiv

Catalyzing rapid discovery of gold-precipitating bacterial lineages with university students – Riley – PeerJ

COVID-19 and career

Science-ing from home – Powell – Nature

My non-microbiology pick

Perspective: Lean, mean, learning machines – Wheeler – Nature review microbiology