June 13, 2020

Somewhat of a brief digest for today, but to make up for that, the long-awaited results of the PREDICT I study were published in Nature Medicine!

Human gut microbiome

Human postprandial responses to food and potential for precision nutrition – Berry et al. – Nature Medicine

Insect microbiome

Shotgun sequencing of honey DNA can describe honey bee derived environmental signatures and the honey bee hologenome complexity – Bovo et al. – Scientific Reports

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Low Turnover of Soil Bacterial rRNA at Low Temperatures – Schostag et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Preprint: Diatom Modulation of Microbial Consortia Through Use of Two Unique Secondary Metabolites – Shibl et al. – bioRxiv

Complementary sampling methods for coral histology, metabolomics, and microbiome – Greene et al. – Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Phages and viruses

Preprint: Phage infection mediates inhibition of bystander bacteria – Chatterjee et al. – bioRxiv

Depth-related variability in viral communities in highly stratified sulfidic mine tailings – Gao et al. – Microbiome


GAD: A Python Script for Dividing Genome Annotation Files into Feature-Based Files – Yasser et al. – Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences

June 6, 2020

Short digest for today, but I’d like to draw attention to two studies on creative techniques to reduce contamination by host DNA sequences: one using PCR blocking primers to improve 16S rDNA sequencing, and the other on using CRISPR-Cas systems to assist with 18S rDNA sequencing. Happy reading!

Human gut microbiome

Review: Gut Microbial Metabolites and Blood Pressure Regulation: Focus on SCFAs and TMAO – Poll et al. – Physiology

Review: Trial Watch: the gut microbiota as a tool to boost the clinical efficacy of anticancer immunotherapy – Daillerè et al. – OncoImmunology

Human oral microbiome

Well‐maintained patients with a history of periodontitis still harbor a more disbiotic microbiome than health – Lu et al. – Periodontology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Contrasting soil microbial abundance and diversity on and between pasture drill rows in the third growing season after sowing – Hayes et al. – Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems

A novel PCR clamping assay reducing plant host DNA amplification significantly improves prokaryotic endo-microbiome community characterization – Lefèvre et al. – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Diverse viruses have restricted biogeography in deep-sea hydrothermal vent fluids – Thomas et al. – bioRxiv

Mercury methylation by metabolically versatile and cosmopolitan marine bacteria – Lin et al. – bioRxiv

Phages and viruses

A tissue level atlas of the healthy human virome – Kumata et al. – BMC Biology

Review: Deep Roots and Splendid Boughs of the Global Plant Virome – Dolja et al. – Annual Review of Phytopathology


An empirical Bayes approach to normalization and differential abundance testing for microbiome data – Liu et al. – BMC Bioinformatics


The use of CRISPR-Cas Selective Amplicon Sequencing (CCSAS) to reveal the eukaryotic microbiome of metazoans – Zhong et al. – bioRxiv

May 9, 2020

Among the highlights for today, there’s an unusual preprint on using honeybees for proxy sampling of the urban microbiome, as well as a paper on the effect of captivity on the microbiome of raptors.

In some non-microbiome related news, the summarized highlights from the 5th International One Health Congress were recently published. Some of their recommendations regarding science and public health are particularly apt considering the present pandemic, and I found it to be quite an interesting read. You can find it here:

Make science evolve into a One Health approach to improve health and security: a white paper – Osterhaus et al. – One Health Outlook

I hope you’re all doing well, wherever you are!


Preprint: The coding capacity of SARS-CoV-2 – Finkel et al. – bioRxiv

Pregnancy and early life

An individualized mosaic of maternal microbial strains is transmitted to the infant gut microbial community – Koo et al. – Royal Society of Open Science

Animal microbiome

Preprint: Host evolutionary history and ecology shape virome composition in fishes – Geoghegan et al. – bioRxiv

The fecal microbiota of wild and captive raptors – Oliveira et al. – Animal Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Phylogenetic farming: Can evolutionary history predict crop rotation via the soil microbiome? – Kaplan et al. – Evolutionary Applications

Built environment

Preprint: Holobiont urbanism: sampling urban beehives reveals cities’ metagenomes – Henaff et al. – bioRxiv


Preprint: Full-length 16S rRNA gene amplicon analysis of human gut microbiota using MinION™ nanopore sequencing confers species-level resolution – Matsuo et al. – bioRxiv

Quantifying technical confounders in microbiome studies – Bartolomaeus et al. – Cardiovascular Research

April 4, 2020

Good morning and salutations from Singapore! This is the first digest that I’m contributing for the blog, so I hope my selections are interesting to you all! Today’s digest begins with some recent COVID-19 pre-prints, before getting into papers on a diverse range of microbiome-related topics. Highlights today include a study on cats potentially harbouring SARS-CoV-2 (nooo…), the effect of C-section birth on the vaginal microbiota of adult women, and the impact of the virome on biogeochemical cycling in Lake Baikal.


Preprint: Characterization and treatment of SARS-CoV-2 in nasal and bronchial human airway epithelia – Pizzorno et al.

* Preprint: SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing serum antibodies in cats: a serological investigation – Zhang et al.

Preprint: Direct RNA sequencing and early evolution of SARS-CoV-2 – Taiaroa et al.

General microbiome

Review: Microbiota and metabolites in rheumatic diseases – Tong et al. – Autoimmunity Reviews

Human respiratory microbiome

Preprint: Distinctive airway microbial ecology of smokers and asthmatics – Turek et al.

Microbial burden and viral exacerbations in a longitudinal multicenter COPD cohort – Bouquet et al.Respiratory Research

Human gut microbiome

An in vitro evaluation of the effects of different statins on the structure and function of human gut bacterial community – Zhao et al.PLoS ONE

Human vaginal microbiome

* A cross-sectional pilot study of birth mode and vaginal microbiota in reproductive-age women – Stennett et al.PLoS ONE

Animal experiments

Polysaccharide extracted from WuGuChong reduces high-fat diet-induced obesity in mice by regulating the composition of intestinal microbiota – Wang et al.Nutrition & Metabolism

Animal microbiome

Intestinal microbes: an axis of functional diversity among large marine consumers – Scott et al.Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

The response of soil and phyllosphere microbial communities to repeated application of the fungicide iprodione: Accelerated biodegradation or toxicity? – Katsoula et al.FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Divergent patterns of microbial community composition shift under two fertilization regimes revealed by responding species – Yao et al.Applied Soil Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

* Preprint: New Viral Biogeochemical Roles Revealed Through Metagenomic Analysis of Lake Baikal – Coutinho et al.


Ten simple rules for providing effective bioinformatics research support – Kumuthini et al.PLoS Computational Biology

Finally, remember that physical isolation doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while, I’m sure they’ll appreciate it! You’re doing great 😀