February 9, 2018

Transcriptomics in wildlife, skin microbiota, phages and a lot more for today’s digest!

Events and jobs


Assistant Professor in Metagenomics and Bioinformatics, tenure-track position – Kansas State University – Manhattan, USA

General microbiome

Review: Linking the Gut Microbiota to Bone Health in Anorexia Nervosa – NC Aurigemma – Current Osteoporosis Reports

Research Agenda for Microbiome Based Research for Multidrug-resistant Organism Prevention in the Veterans Health Administration System – AE Kates – Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology

Tumour-associated and non-tumour-associated microbiota: Addendum – B Flemer – Gut Microbes

Preprint: An Escherichia coli nitrogen starvation response is important for mutualistic coexistence with Rhodopseudomonas palustris – AL McCully – bioRxiv


Human skin microbiome

Nature-oriented daycare diversifies skin microbiota in children – no robust association with allergies. – J Lehtimäki – Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

Epidermal lipid composition, barrier integrity and eczematous inflammation are associated with skin microbiome configuration – H Baurecht – The Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology


Human gut microbiome

Review: Pathophysiology of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Holistic Overview – G Holtmann – Karger

Preprint:  Stronger connectivity of the resident gut microbiome lends resistance to invading bacteria – CM Herren – bioRxiv

Animal experiments 

Enteric Immunity : Happy Gut, Healthy Animal – CCL Chase – Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice

Influence of changes in the intestinal microflora on the immune function in mice – S Kishida – Journal of Veterinary Medical Science

In Vivo Assessment of Resistant Starch Degradation by the Caecal Microbiota of Mice Using RNA-Based Stable Isotope Probing—A Proof-of-Principle Study – E Herrmann – Nutrients

Animal microbiome 

A novel approach to wildlife transcriptomics provides evidence of disease-mediated differential expression and changes to the microbiome of amphibian populations – LJ Campbell – Molecular Ecology

The bacterial community associated with the sheep gastrointestinal nematode parasite Haemonchus contortus – G Sinnathamby – PLoS One

Mucus glycosylation and immunity, and bacterial microbiota associated to the skin of experimentally ulcered gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata). – ST Tapia-Paniagua – Fish & Shellfish Immunology

Modulation of gut microbiota by dietary supplementation with tuna oil and algae oil alleviates the effects of D-galactose-induced ageing – H Zhang – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Probiotic treatment during neonatal age provides optimal protection against experimental asthma through the modulation of microbiota and T cells: Neonatal exposure to probiotics prevents asthma – CFCG Nunes – International Immunology

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Activating biochar by manipulating the bacterial and fungal microbiome through pre-conditioning. – AK Jaiswal – New Phytologist


Food microbiology

Growth potential of Listeria monocytogenes in twelve different types of RTE salads: impact of food matrix, storage temperature and shelf life – M Ziegler – bioRxiv

Phages and viruses

Lysogeny is prevalent and widely distributed in the murine gut microbiota – M-S Kim – The ISME Journal

Preprint: A T7 phage factor required for managing RpoS in Escherichia coli  – A Tabib-Salazar – bioRxiv

Preprint: Genotypic and phenotypic diversity within the neonatal HSV-2 population – LN Akhtar – bioRxiv


Distribution of triclosan-resistant genes in major pathogenic microorganisms revealed by metagenome and genome-wide analysis – R Khan – PLoS One

Microbes in the news

Reality check: Are hand dryers in public bathrooms full of bacteria and fungi? – Global News

Consider skipping orange juice in the morning  – Channel NewsAsia

‘Dozens of bacteria:’ After 2 days, snow is no longer safe to eat, study reveals  – Fox6 Now

Termites’ unique gut ‘factory’ key to global domination – Phys.org

Bacteria persist as stowaways – Innovations Report

Genomic Analysis Finds Hospital Plumbing Harbors Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria – Genome Web

Skin microbiome announces agenda – Cosmeticsdesign.com




February 6, 2018


General microbiome

Preprint: Selection of appropriate metagenome taxonomic classifiers for ancient microbiome research – IM Velsko – bioRxiv

Advances in metabolic engineering in the microbial production of fuels and chemicals from C1 gas – CM Humphreys – Current Opinion in Biotechnology


Human skin microbiome

Individual and household attributes influence the dynamics of the personal skin microbiota and its association network – MHY Leung – Microbiome


Human gut microbiome

The intestinal protist Blastocystis is not a common member of the healthy infant gut microbiota in a Westernized country (Ireland) – PD Scanlan – Parasitology

Preprint: When metabolism meets physiology: Harvey and Harvetta – I Thiele – bioRxiv

Connection between BMI related plasma metabolite profile and gut microbiota – F Ottosson – The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Animal experiments 

Review: Gut microbiome and depression: what we know and what we need to know – G Winter – Reviews in the Neurosciences

Potential of Lactobacillus plantarum ZDY2013 and Bifidobacterium bifidum WBIN03 in relieving colitis by gut microbiota, immune and anti-oxidative stress – Y Wang – Canadian Journal of Microbiology

Air-Dried Brown Seaweed, Ascophyllum nodosum, Alters the Rumen Microbiome in a Manner That Changes Rumen Fermentation Profiles and Lowers the Prevalence of Foodborne Pathogens – M Zhou – mSphere

Animal microbiome 

Antimicrobial resistance in companion animals – DI Rendle – Equine Veterinary Journal

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Drought neutralises plant–soil feedback of two mesic grassland forbs – EL Fry – Oecologica

Effects of different fertilizers on methane emissions and methanogenic community structures in paddy rhizosphere soil – J Yuan – Science of The Total Environment

Halotolerant microbial consortia able to degrade highly recalcitrant plant biomass substrate. – L Cortes-Tolalpa – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Microbial Diversity and Community Structure in Agricultural Soils Suffering from 4-year Pb Contamination – A Fengqiu – Canadian Journal of Microbiology

Evidence for species-specific plant responses to soil microbial communities from remnant and degraded land provides promise for restoration – ME Smith – Austral Ecology

Long term effects of Lespedeza bicolor revegetation on soil bacterial communities in Dexing copper mine tailings in Jiangxi Province, China – Z Wu – Applied Soil Ecology

Water microbiome and extremophile

Preprint: Spatiotemporal dynamics of river viruses, bacteria and microeukaryotes – TV Rossum – bioRxiv

Life on Phosphite: A Metagenomics Tale – Y Tapia-Torres – Trends in Microbiology

Biodegradation of n-alkanes on oil-seawater interfaces at different temperatures and microbial communities associated with the degradation. – S Lofthus – Biodegradation

Contrasting the genetic patterns of microbial communities in soda lakes with and without cyanobacterial bloom – AP Andreote – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbial communities associated with the co-metabolism of free cyanide and thiocyanate under alkaline conditions – L Mekuto – 3 Biotech

Untapped bacterial diversity and metabolic potential within Unkeshwar hot springs, India – G Mehetre – Archives of Microbiology

Built environment 

Effects of wastewater constituents and operational conditions on the composition and dynamics of anodic microbial communities in bioelectrochemical systems – M Kokko – Bioresource Technology

Free-living bacteria and potential bacterial pathogens in sewage treatment plants – K Huang – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Crawling-induced floor dust resuspension affects the microbiota of the infant breathing zone – H Hyytiäinen – Microbiome



Preprint: Coupling MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry protein and specialized metabolite analyses to rapidly discriminate bacterial function – CM Clark – bioRxiv

Preprint: Kaptive Web: user-friendly capsule and lipopolysaccharide serotype prediction for Klebsiella genomes – RR Wick – bioRxiv

The madness of microbiome: Attempting to find consensus “best practice” for 16S microbiome studies – J Pollock – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Microbes in the news

The possibilities of microorganisms – The Varsity

New insight into the molecular weapons of the plant microbiome – EurekAlert

Ohio State scientists to send ancient bacteria into space to unlock secrets about life on other planets – The Columbus Dispatch

Workbench for virus design – Phys.org

What does your poo microbiome do? – Phys.org

The Importance of Infants’ Exposure to Microorganisms – The New York Times

Treatment of nitrogen-polluted sediment using marine anammox bacteria – Science Daily

Microbes and the market

Thermo Fisher Scientific Launches Axiom Microbiome Array for Research – Cision PR Newswire

Worldwide Microbiome Sequencing Services Market Driven by Business Overview, Company Profile, Products, Services and Solutions Prediction To 2022 – Facts Week

Non-Microbiology Picks

Chilly Climates, Balancing Acts, and Shifting Pathways: What Happens to Women in STEM Doctoral Programs – M Cabay – Social Sciences


February 5, 2018

A digest full of news for today.

Animal microbiome 

Coexistence of novel gammaproteobacterial and Arsenophonus symbionts in the scale insect Greenisca brachypodii (Hemiptera, Coccomorpha: Eriococcidae) – A Michalik – Environmental Microbiology

Water microbiome

Shift in the microbial community composition of surface water and sediment along an urban river – L Wang – Science of The Total Environment


Preprint: Thermoelectric Heat Exchange and Growth Regulation in a Continuous Yeast Culture – A Latorre-Perez – bioRxiv

New colony multiplex PCR assays for the detection and discrimination of vancomycin-resistant enterococcal species – T Nomura – Journal of Microbiological Methods

Microbes in the news

Babies’ infection risk higher if pregnant mums take antibiotics, according to new research – ABC

Monique Keiran: It takes guts to look after yourself – Times Colonist

How tumours develop where these gut bacteria thrive – Deccan Chronicle

Bacteria that causes leprosy is mutating into something even more dangerous – Joe

The microbiome has been called the forgotten organ — and it could hold the ‘next paradigm shift in science and medicine’ – Infosurhoy

Superbugs – Our destiny of doom – The Sentinel-Echo

Johnson & Johnson Innovation to Explore the Role of Microbiome in Sleep – Sleep Review

Historic Fort Myers Billy’s Creek has been ‘frighteningly’ polluted for at least 15 years – News-Press

It’s not just planes — airports also crawling with germs, study says – The Seattle Times

January 28, 2018

A preprint on the gut microbiome of few tribal groups in the Himalayan region; association between vaginal microbiota and HIV;   an integrative approach that encompasses  metatranscriptomics & fatty acid profiling to study the rumen microbiome during feeding;   environmental adaptation shapes the gut microbiota of Rhesus macaques;   microbiome of cactus rhizosphere;   news about uBiome; antibiotics;  and many more articles for today’s digest!

General microbiome

Review: Evolving Ecosystems: Inheritance and Selection in the Light of the Microbiome – S Sandoval-Motta – Archives of Medical Research

Multi-site human microbiome

The nasal microbiome mirrors and potentially shapes olfactory function – K Koskinen – Scientific Reports

Alterations of oral microbiota distinguish children with autism spectrum disorders from healthy controls – Y Qiao – Scientific Reports

Human respiratory microbiome

Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms: Host Response and Clinical Implications in Lung Infections – NM Maurice – American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology

Human skin microbiome

Analysis of the skin mycobiome in adult patients with atopic dermatitis – SH Han – Experimental Dermatology

Human vaginal microbiome

Evaluation of the association between the concentrations of key vaginal bacteria and the increased risk of HIV acquisition in African women from five cohorts: a nested case-control study – RS McClelland – The Lancet

Prevalence of vaginal microorganisms among pregnant women according to trimester and association with preterm birth – K-A Son – Obstetrics & Gynecology Science

Human gut microbiome

Preprint: Gut microbiome transition across a lifestyle gradient in Himalaya – AR Jha – bioRxiv

Physical exercise, gut, gut microbiota, and atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases – J Chen – Lipids in Health and Disease

Therapeutic Opportunities in Intestinal Microbiota–Virus Interactions – V Monedero – Trends in Biotechnology

Almond Consumption and Processing Affects the Composition of the Gastrointestinal Microbiota of Healthy Adult Men and Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial. – HD Holscher – Nutrients

Effects of Ampicillin on the Gut Microbiome of an Adult Male as Determined by 16S rRNA V4 Metagenomics Sequencing and Greengenes Bioinformatics Suite – K Anukam – Journal of Advances in Microbiology

Determinants of Reduced Genetic Capacity for Butyrate Synthesis by the Gut Microbiome in Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis – EJ Laserna-Mendieta – Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis

The Role of Bacteria, Probiotics and Diet in Irritable Bowel Syndrome – A Harper – Foods

Animal experiments 

Preprint: Inter- and intra-domain functional redundancy in the rumen microbiome during plant biomass degradation – A Soellinger – bioRxiv

Gut microbiome may contribute to insulin resistance and systemic inflammation in obese rodents: a meta-analysis. – N Jiao – Physiological Genomics

Protective effect of rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid against streptozotocin-induced oxidation, glycation, inflammation and microbiota imbalance in diabetic rats. – J Ou -Food & Function

Glucocorticoids Drive Diurnal Oscillations in T Cell Distribution and Responses by Inducing Interleukin-7 Receptor and CXCR4 – A Shimba – Immunity

Review: Overview and systematic review of studies of microbiome in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – TT Nguyen – Journal of Psychiatric Research

Animal microbiome 

Characterization of the Gut Microbiota in Six Geographical Populations of Chinese Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta), Implying an Adaptation to High-Altitude Environment – J Zhao – Microbial Ecology

Opinion: Mission Accomplished? We Need a Guide to the ‘Post Release’ World of Wolbachia for Aedes-borne Disease Control – SA Ritchie – Cell

Microbial community assembly in wild populations of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster – KL Adair – The ISME Journal

In silico identification, characterization and expression analysis of attacin gene family in response to bacterial and fungal pathogens in Tenebrio molitor – YH Jo – Entomological Research

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Editorial special issue: the soil, the seed, the microbes and the plant – EB Nelson – Plant and Soil

Complete Genome Sequence of Pseudomonas Parafulva PRS09-11288, a Biocontrol Strain Produces the Antibiotic Phenazine-1-carboxylic Acid – Y Zhang – Current Microbiology

The effects of road building on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity in Huangshan Scenic Area – A Yang – World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology

The role of species turnover in structuring bacterial communities in a local scale in the cactus rhizosphere – VN Kavamura – Plant and Soil

p-Coumaric can alter the composition of cucumber rhizosphere microbial communities and induce negative plant-microbial interactions – X Zhou – Biology and Fertility of Soils

Mycobiomes of sympatric Amorphophallus albispathus (Araceae) and Camellia sinensis (Theaceae) – a case study reveals clear tissue preferences and differences in diversity and composition – M Unterseher – Mycological Progress

Identification, synthesis and regulatory function of the N-acylated homoserine lactone signals produced by Pseudomonas chlororaphis HT66 – H Peng – Microbial Cell Factories

Building Bioeconomy in Agriculture: Harnessing Soil Microbes for Sustaining Ecosystem Services – R Rengalakshmi – Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy: Principles, Challenges and Perspectives

Competitive traits are more important than stress-tolerance traits in a cadmium-contaminated rhizosphere: a role for trait theory in microbial ecology – JL Wood – Frontiers in Microbiology

Draft Genome Sequence of Pantoea ananatis Strain 1.38, a Bacterium Isolated from the Rhizosphere of Oryza sativa var. Puntal That Shows Biotechnological Potential as an Inoculant – E Megías – Genome Announcements

Copper Bioleaching in China: Review and Prospect – S Yin – Minerals

Water microbiome and extremophiles 

Core promoter information content correlates with optimal growth temperature – AA Aptekmann – Scientific Reports

Food microbiology

Genomic and functional characterisation of two Enterococcus strains isolated from Cotija cheese and their potential role in ripening – M Olvera-García – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Phages and viruses

Review: Phage or foe: an insight into the impact of viral predation on microbial communities – L Fernández – The ISME Journal


Artificial Gene Amplification in Escherichia coli Reveals Numerous Determinants for Resistance to Metal Toxicity – KJ Hoegler – Journal of Molecular Evolution

Microbes in the news

uBiome, the Leader in Microbial Genomics, Launches SmartGut and SmartJane Microbiome Test Kits in Canada – Daily Telescope

Niki Bezzant: A gutsful of good health – NZ Herald

How Phenylbutazone, Firocoxib Affect Horses’ Gut Microbiota – the Horse

Botulinum-type toxins jump to a new kind of bacteria – Science Daily

‘Forgotten’ antibiotic offers hope against worst superbugs – Digital Journal

Detect The Level Of Bacteria In Food With This Smartphone-Based System – Wonderful Engineering

When bad bugs jump from farm to bedside – Hutch News

January 27, 2018

A Saturday digest with lots of fun and weird news of microbiome!
Events and jobs

Adjunct Faculty- Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology – St. Louis Community College in Missouri – USA

General microbiome

A Case of Recurrent Pasteurella Bacteremia in an Immunocompetent Patient with No Animal Bite. – F Zarlasht – The American Journal of Case Reports

Pregnancy and early life

Lipopolysaccharide-induced maternal inflammation induces direct placental injury without alteration in placental blood flow and induces a secondary fetal intestinal injury that persists into adulthood. – EM Fricke – American Journal of Reproductive Immunology

Association between duration of intravenous antibiotic administration and early-life microbiota development in late-preterm infants – RD Zwittink – European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Human gut microbiome

Fungal Diversity of Human Gut Microbiota Among Eutrophic, Overweight, and Obese Individuals Based on Aerobic Culture-Dependent Approach – FM Borges – Current Microbiology

Review: Dietary practices and FODMAPs in South Asia: Applicability of the low FODMAP diet to patients with irritable bowel syndrome – SP Hewawasam – Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Animal experiments 

Preprint: Mono-Association with Lactobacillus plantarum Disrupts Intestinal Homeostasis in adult Drosophila. – D Fast – bioRxiv

Beneficial effects of Rifaximin in post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome mouse model beyond gut microbiota – Y Jin –  Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Predator identity more than predator richness structures aquatic microbial assemblages in Sarracenia purpurea leaves. – EJ Canter – Ecology

Purple corn-associated rhizobacteria with potential for plant growth promotion – A Castellano-Hinojosa – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Fungal diversity in oil palm leaves showing symptoms of Fatal Yellowing disease – OY de Assis Costa – PLoS One

Biosynthetic and antimicrobial potential of actinobacteria isolated from bulrush rhizospheres habitat in Zhalong Wetland, China – Y Li – Archives of Microbiology

Effect of Silene vulgaris and Heavy Metal Pollution on Soil Microbial Diversity in Long-Term Contaminated Soil – M Pacwa-Płociniczak – Water, Air and Soil Pollution

Water microbiome and extremophile 

Ecological and biogeographical drivers of freshwater green algae biodiversity: from local communities to large-scale species pools of desmids – H Bestová – Oecologia

Nitrogen Fixation in Thermophilic Chemosynthetic Microbial Communities Depending on Hydrogen, Sulfate, and Carbon Dioxide –  A Nishihara – J-Stage

Food microbiology

Bacterial community in naturally fermented milk products of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim of India analysed by high-throughput amplicon sequencing – HNJ Shangpliang – Scientific Reports

Phages and viruses

Preprint: Diversity and evolution of the emerging Pandoraviridae family – M Legendre – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Explore the human microbiome in new Delaware natural history museum exhibit – Delaware Public Media

Thoroughness of panel called into question – Delta Optimist

When DNA Went Mobile Some Archaea Jumped Out of the Hot Tub – GEN News

Scientists find 10 new defense systems used by bacteria – Science News


A Never-Before-Seen Virus Was Just Found in the Sea, and It Kills Bacteria – Inverse Science

Bacteria block transmission of Zika and Dengue viruses – Medical Xpress

First annual thesis competition held at JMU – The Breeze

Microbiome research refines HIV risk for women – EurekAlert

Shimmery bacteria plus a canvas equals art, briefly – Chicago Tribune



January 21, 2018

A light reading for Sunday!
Events and jobs

Professor (Chairperson), Department of Microbiology and Immunology (MIC) – The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences – Bethesda, Maryland

Postdoc in Intestinal Microbiology and Ecology – The National Food Institute (DTU Food) – Denmark


General microbiome

Review: Bacterial RNA Biology on a Genome Scale – Jens Hör  – Molecular Cell

Multi-site human microbiome

Epigenetics, microbiota, and intraocular inflammation: New paradigms of immune regulation in the eye – Xiaofeng Wen – Progress in Retinal and Eye Research

Human skin microbiome

The role of fatty acids and their endocannabinoid-like derivatives in the molecular regulation of appetite – Renger F. Witkamp – Molecular Aspects of Medicine

Non-classical Immunity Controls Microbiota Impact on Skin Immunity and Tissue Repair – Jonathan L. Linehan – Cell

Propionibacterium acnes Strains Differentially Regulate the Fate of Th17 Responses in the Skin – Emmanuel Contassot – Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Human gut microbiome




Animal experiments 

The family Coriobacteriaceae is a potential contributor to the beneficial effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass on type 2 diabetes – Haijun Liu – Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases

P039 FECAL MIRNAS SHAPE THE INTESTINAL MICROBIOTA – Emilie Viennois – Gastroenterology


Effect of live yeast supplementation on gastric ecosystem in horses fed a high-starch diet – Samy Julliand – Livestock Science

The symbiont Lactobacillus plantarum causes intestinal pathogenesis in adult Drosophila. – David Fast – bioRxiv

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Distinct responses of soil bacterial and fungal communities to changes in fertilization regime and crop rotation – Chao Ai – Geoderma

Microbial degradation of poly(ε-caprolactone) in a coastal environment – Miwa Suzuki – Polymer Degradation and Stability

Shifts in prokaryotic communities under forest and grassland within a tropical mosaic landscape – Sergio E. Morales – Applied Soil Ecology

Food microbiology

Polyphasic identification of Penicillia and Aspergilli isolated from Italian grana cheese – Simone Decontardi – Food Microbiology

Phages and viruses

Bacteriophages as modulator for the human gut microbiota: Release from dairy food systems and survival in a dynamic human gastrointestinal model – Meike Samtlebe – LWT


Metagenomic analysis uncovers strong relationship between periodontal pathogens and vascular dysfunction in American Indian population – Prathik K Vijay Kumar – bioRxiv


Microbes in the news

The Prehistoric Bacteria That Helped Create Our Cells Billions of Years Ago – Mental Floss

IIT Delhi develops a novel platform to test drug sensitivity in bacteria – The Hindu

Scientists Unlock Key Information About the World’s Soil Microbes – Yale Environment 360

January 20, 2018

Our Saturday digest has microbes associated with oesophageal region; sore throat; aphids, stingless bees; common carps, Italian cheeses and many more!

General microbiome

Bipartite network analysis of gene sharings in the microbial world – Eduardo Corel –

FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Is the impact of starvation on the gut microbiota specific or unspecific to anorexia nervosa? A narrative review based on a systematic literature search – Isabelle Mack – Current Neuropharmacology

Pregnancy and early life

Association between sn-2 fatty acid profiles of breast milk and development of the infant intestinal microbiome – Teimin Jiang – Food and Function

Multi-site human microbiome

The microbiology and treatment of human mastitis. – A Angelopoulou – Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Human respiratory microbiome

Initial acquisition and succession of the cystic fibrosis lung microbiome is associated with disease progression in infants and preschool children – Marianne S. Muhlebach – PLoS Pathogens

Analysis of the tonsillar microbiome in young adults with sore throat reveals a high relative abundance of Fusobacterium necrophorum with low diversity – T. Preskott Atkinson – PLoS One

Human gut microbiome

Diet Affects Gut Microbiota and Modulates Hospitalization Risk Differentially In an International Cirrhosis Cohort – JS Bajaj – Hepatology

Emerging Insights into the Esophageal Microbiome – M May – Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology

Analysis of gut microbiota diversity and auxiliary diagnosis as a biomarker in patients with schizophrenia: A cross-sectional study –  Y Shen – Schizophrenia Research

Animal experiments 

Colonization of the cervicovaginal space with Gardnerella vaginalis leads to local inflammation and cervical remodeling in pregnant mice – Luz-Jeannette Sierra – PLoS One

Kudingcha and Fuzhuan Brick Tea Prevent Obesity and Modulate Gut Microbiota in High-Fat Diet Fed Mice – Guijie Chen – Molecular Nutrition & Food Research

Sequential BMP7/TGF-β1 signaling and microbiota instruct mucosal Langerhans cell differentiation. – Tal Capucha – Journal of Experimental Medicine

A host-pathogen interaction screen identifies ada2 as a mediator of Candida glabrata defences against reactive oxygen species – I Kounatidis – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome 

A large-scale field study of bacterial communities in cereal aphid populations across Morocco – Samir Fakhour – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Common cuckoos (Cuculus canorus) affect the bacterial diversity of the eggshells of their great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) hosts  – Nikoletta Geltsch – PLoS One

Stingless Bee Larvae Require Fungal Steroid to Pupate. – Camila R. Paludo – Scientific Reports

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Succession of microbial communities and changes of incremental oil in a post-polymer flooded reservoir with nutrient stimulation – Peike Gao – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Draft Genome Sequence of Bacillus subtilis 2C-9B, a Strain with Biocontrol Potential against Chili Pepper Root Pathogens and Tolerance to Pb and Zn – Claudia Y. Muñoz-Moreno – Genome Announcements

Biotic elicitation of ginsenoside metabolism of mutant adventitious root culture in Panax ginseng – Kim-Cuong Le – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Streptomyces AcH 505 triggers production of a salicylic acid analogue in the fungal pathogen Heterobasidion abietinum that enhances infection of Norway spruce seedlings – Nadine Keilhofer – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Seed Endophyte Microbiome of Crotalaria pumila Unpeeled: Identification of Plant-Beneficial Methylobacteria – AS Sánchez-López – International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Extreme rainfall affects assembly of the root-associated fungal community – CJ Barnes – The New Phytologist

Abrupt burial imparts persistent changes to the bacterial diversity of turbidite-associated sediment profiles. – BK Harrison – Geobiology

Review: Fungal-Mediated Solid Waste Management: A Review –  A Jain – Mycoremediation and Environmental Sustainability

The PEG-responding desiccome of the alder microsymbiont Frankia alni – K Ghedira – Scientific Reports

Composition of pelagic microbial communities in Mediterranean coastal aquatic ecosystems under extreme drought conditions – N Àvila –  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

Water microbiome and extremophile 

What color should glacier algae be? – Roman J dial – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Microbial Community Structure of Sea Spray Aerosols at Three California Beaches – Katherine Graham – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

The early conversion of deep-sea wood falls into chemosynthetic hotspots revealed by in situ monitoring – Dimitri Kalenitchenko – Scientific Reports

Microbial communities and their predicted metabolic functions in a desiccating acid salt lake – Elena Zaikova – Extremophiles

Protein adaptations in extremophiles: An insight into extremophilic connection of mycobacterial proteome – A Kumar – Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology

Built environment 

Composition and role of the attached and planktonic microbial communities in mesophilic and thermophilic xylose-fed microbial fuel cells – Paolo Dessi – RSC Advances

Food microbiology

Development and implementation of multilocus sequence typing to study the diversity of the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus in Italian cheeses – Fabrizia Tittarelli – Microbial Genomics

Application of molecular tools to elucidate the microbiota of seafood – Paloma Almeida Rodrigues – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Review: Recent Past, Present, and Future of the Food Microbiome – Francesca De Filippis – Annual Review of Food Science and Technology

Extracellular Enzyme Composition and Functional Characteristics of Aspergillus niger An-76 Induced by Food Processing Byproducts and Based on Integrated Functional-omics – L Liu – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Changes in microbial communities and quality attributes of white muscle and dark muscle from common carp (Cyprinus carpio) during chilled and freeze-chilled storage – Q Li – Food Microbiology

Phages and viruses

Comparative transcriptomics reveals a conserved Bacterial Adaptive Phage Response (BAPR) to viral predation – BG Blasdel – bioRxiv

Single-cell transcriptional dynamics of flavivirus infection – F Zanini – bioRxiv


A distance-based approach for testing the mediation effect of the human microbiome – J Zhang – Bioinformatics

ReprDB and panDB: minimalist databases with maximal microbial representation – W Zhou – Microbiome

Diverse spatial organization of photosynthetic membranes among purple nonsulfur bacteria – B LaSarre – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news 


Scientists Peek Inside The ‘Black Box’ Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets – npr

Broadways Nursing Home: Legionella bacteria found in plumbing – BBC

Agros refuses Troodos water after coliform bacteria found – Cyprus Mail Online

Strange Weather Triggered Bacteria That Killed 200,000 Endangered Antelope – npr

Bacterial biofilm cellulose found to differ from plant cellulose – Phys.org

This is what happens to your gut when you go on a juice cleanse – Well and Good

New Course in Virus Hunting – SDSU NewsCenter