July 24, 2017

Here’s our Digest to start your Monday. The importance of managing the antibiotic resistance in perinatal and neonatal care, review on the plant-microbiota holobiont and poo bacteria found in three big fast food chains.


Microbiology Lab Technician – Johnson County Community College – Overland Park, KS

Research Fellow – Microbiome Program Job – Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

Pregnancy and infant microbiome

Book Chapter: Bacterial Infections in the Neonate – Morven S. Edwards & Carol J. Baker – Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Fifth Edition)

**Review: Antibiotic stewardship in perinatal and neonatal care Jayashree Ramasethu & Tetsuya Kawakita – Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

Human liver microbiome

Sequencing the gut metagenome as a non-invasive diagnosis for advanced nonalcoholic steatohepatitis – Lixin Zhu et al. – Hepatology

Human gut microbiome

Comparative phenotypic analysis of “Clostridium neonatale” and Clostridium butyricum isolates from neonates – S. Schönherr-Helleca and G. Klein et al. – Anaerobe

The association of type II diabetes with gut microbiota composition – Fatemeh Navab-Moghadama et al. – Microbial Pathogenesis

The role of intestinal bacteria in the development and progression of gastrointestinal tract neoplasms – Kosuke Mima & Shuji Ogino et al. – Surgical Oncology

Review: The Microbiome in Crohn’s Disease : Role in Pathogenesis and Role of Microbiome Replacement Therapies – Sahil Khanna & Laura E. Raffals – Gastroenterology Clinics of North America

Review: The Gastric and Intestinal Microbiome: Role of Proton Pump Inhibitors – Artem Minalyan – Current Gastroenterology Reports

Animal experiments

The aerial parts of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bge. strengthen intestinal barrier and modulate gut microbiota imbalance in streptozocin-induced diabetic mice – Jun-Fei Gu et al. – Journal of Functional Foods

Intervention of probiotic L. reuteri fermented milk as an adjuvant to combat protein energy malnourishment induced gut disturbances in albino mice – S. Garg et al. – Journal of Functional Foods

Western Diet–Induced Dysbiosis in Farnesoid X Receptor Knockout Mice Causes Persistent Hepatic Inflammation after Antibiotic Treatment – Prasant K. Jena et al. – The American Journal of Pathology

The title seems an overstatement: Microbial regulation of hippocampal miRNA expression: Implications for transcription of kynurenine pathway enzymes – Gerard M. Moloney et al. – Behavioural Brain Research

Helicobacter species are potent drivers of colonic T cell responses in homeostasis and inflammation – Jiani N. Chai et al. – Science Immunology

Press: How ‘Bad’ Gut Bacteria Can Change Their Evil Ways – Christopher Wanjek – LiveScience

Animal microbiome

Exploring a possible link between the intestinal microbiota and feed efficiency in pigs – Ursula M. McCormack et al. – Applied and Environmental Microbiology


Plant, root and soil microbiome

Review: Insights into plant phosphate sensing and signaling – Byung-Kook Ham et al. – Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Responses of rice paddy micro-food webs to elevated CO2 are modulated by nitrogen fertilization and crop cultivars – Zhengkun Hu et al. – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

**Review: Understanding the holobiont: the interdependence of plants and their microbiome – Carmen Sánchez-Cañizares et al. – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Operation-driven heterogeneity and overlooked feed-associated populations in global anaerobic digester microbiome – Ran Mei et al. – Water Research

Preprint: Cytosine methylation within marine sediment microbial communities: potential epigenetic adaptation to the environment – Ian M. Rambo – bioRxiv

Phages and viruses

Bacteriophages in the human gut: our fellow travelers throughout life and potential biomarkers of heath or disease – Babak Bakhshinejad & Saeedeh Ghiasvand – Virus Research

Microbes in the news

Florida man contracts flesh-eating bacteria through blisters from hiking
Cherise Leclerc – WMUR9

Florida Seawater Bacteria Case Count Rises – Sherri Lonon – Patch

Shock as lab tests find of poo bacteria in products at McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King – Zara Whelan – Daily Post

Vaginal Probiotics Could Slow Zika & Other STD Infections – Sheryl Wood – Invisiverse

NASA Identifies What Kind of Fungi Could Grow in a Mars Habitat – Cynthia Wallentine – Invisiverse

July 18, 2017

A short Digest today, but with very interesting papers. Strain diversity implicated in atopic dermatitis, infant gut microbiome associated with cognitive development? And the sourdough microbiome.

General microbiology

Use of oxygen isotopes to differentiate between nitrous oxide produced by fungi or bacteria during denitrification – Lena Rohe et al. – Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry

Human skin microbiome

Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis strain diversity underlying pediatric atopic dermatitis – Allyson Byrd et al. – Science Translational Medicine

Human gut-microbiome-brain axis

Infant Gut Microbiome Associated with Cognitive Development – Alexander L. Carlson et al. – Biological Psychiatry

Press: In baby’s dirty diapers, the clues to baby’s brain development – UNC Health Care – EurekaAlert

Animal experiments

Peripartum Antibiotics Promote Gut Dysbiosis, Loss of Immune Tolerance, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Genetically Prone Offspring – Jun Miyoshi et al. – Cell Reports

Press: Higher IBD Risk in Offspring Associated With Antibiotic Use in Pregnancy – IDSE News Staff – IDSE

Microbes in the news

More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome – Marcus Woo – NPR

Promising but take caution: Probiotics and Weight Loss – Philip J. Gregory – Medscape

Review article discusses potential role, benefits of non-rhizobia bacteria in root nodules of legume – Phys.org

Microbes on the market

Enterome, Nestlé Health Science Launch Microbiome Diagnostics Partners to Develop New IBD Treatments – Carolina Henriques – IBD News Today

Essential Science: Big investments for human microbiome research – Tim Sandle – Digital Journal

June 30, 2017

A few gut microbiome reviews, apparently a simple bacterial community in bullet ants, circadian rhythm of rhizosphere bacterial communities, and you might want to think twice before you step into the ocean for a swim this summer.

General microbiology

Mapping quorum sensing onto neural networks to understand collective decision making in heterogeneous microbial communities – Tahir Yusufaly & James Q. Boedicker – ePub in Physical Biology, first in arXiv

Cheating fosters species co-existence in well-mixed bacterial communities – Anne Leinweber, R Fredrik Inglis and Rolf Kümmerli – ISME Journal

One ligand, two regulators and three binding sites: How KDPG controls primary carbon metabolism in Pseudomonas – Rosaria Campilongo et al. – PLoS Genetics

PrePrint: Statistics and simulation of growth of single bacterial cells: illustrations with B. subtilis and E. coli – Johan H. van Heerden et al. – bioRxiv

Performance of electro-spun carbon nanofiber electrodes with conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) coatings in bioelectrochemical systems – Juan J.L. Guzmana & Meryem O. Pehlivaner Kara et al. – Journal of Power Sources

Press: Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes digest pollutants – Blaine Friedlander – Phys.org

Human skin microbiome

Review: Keratinocytes as sensors and central players in the immune defense against Staphylococcus aureus in the skin – Katharina Bitschar et al. – Journal of Dermatological Science

Human gut microbiome

Review: The nutrition-gut microbiome-physiology axis and allergic diseases – Craig McKenzie – Immunological Reviews

16S sequencing and functional analysis of the fecal microbiome during treatment of newly diagnosed pediatric inflammatory bowel disease – Ashton JJ et al. – Medicine (Baltimore)

Review: The Critical Roles of Polysaccharides in Gut Microbial Ecology and Physiology – Nathan T. Porter and Eric C. Martens – Annual Reviews of Microbiology

Review: Gut Microbiota as a Target for Preventive and Therapeutic Intervention against Food Allergy – Rosita Aitoro et al. – Nutrients

Two distinct metacommunities characterize the gut microbiota in Crohn’s disease patients – Qing He & Yuan Gao et al. – GigaScience

Animal experiments

PrePrint: Clostridium difficile colonizes alternative nutrient niches during infection across distinct murine gut microbiomes – Matthew L Jenior et al. – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

PrePrint: Bacterial community profiles and Vibrio parahaemolyticus abundance in individual oysters and their association with estuarine ecology – Ashley L. Marcinkiewicz et al. – bioRxiv

Diversity and Persistence of the Gut Microbiome of the Giant Neotropical Bullet Ant – Corrie S. Moreau & Benjamin E. R. Rubin – Integrative and Comparative Biology

PrePrint: Gut microbiota in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides, provide colonization resistance against larval bacterial pathogens – Yin Wang & Daniel Rozen – bioRxiv

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Effects of habitat constraints on soil microbial community function – Naoise Nunan et al. – Scientific Reports

Diurnal cycling of rhizosphere bacterial communities is associated with shifts in carbon metabolism – Christopher Staley et al. – Microbiome

Biological control of Pythium, Rhizoctonia and Sclerotinia in lettuce: the plant protective activity of the bacterium Paenibacillus alvei K165 is associated with the induction of systemic resistance – G. Fatouros et al. – Plant Pathology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Membrane biofilm communities in full-scale membrane bioreactors are not randomly assembled and consist of a core microbiome – Gerald K. Matar & Samik Bagchi et al. – Water Research

Comparison of two bioinformatics tools used to characterize the microbial diversity and predictive functional attributes of microbial mats from Lake Obersee, Antarctica – Hyunmin Koo et al. – Journal of Microbiological Methods

Built environment

Hospital Building and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) in terms of total contamination data and cases grouped by department/areas – Shadha M. Abbas Al Asadi – Scientific Journal of Medical Research

Microbes in the news

The Bugs That Keep Us Safe – Maria-Luisa Alegre – American Journal of Transplantation

Study on human skin microbiome finds archaea abundance associated with age – Phys.org

The Dust Storm Microbiome – Weismann Institute of Science – Laboratory Equipment

Starbucks’ iced coffee may have fecal bacteria in it — so do all these other things – Donovan Harrell – Miami Herald (BBC investigation)

Bacteria change a liquid’s properties and escape entrapment – Gail Mccormick – Phys.org

Only association: Gut feelings are real: Some people have stomach bacteria that makes them more anxious and stressed, study shows – DailyMail

Elevated bacteria counts found at 4 Island beaches – Rick Kelley – Valley Morning Star

Plasmids: traffickers of antibiotic resistance – Modernising Medical Microbiology – University of Oxford

Microbes on the market

Diabetes: J&J and Seventure Partners launch investment – tg – European Biotechnology

Global Microbiome Drugs Market 2017- Pfizer, Second Genome , Seres Therapeutics, MaaT Pharma, Enterome Bioscience – Nakul Shirke – Daily Hover

June 14, 2017

Still quite a few articles on rhizosphere, and antibiotic resistance remains a hot topic, both in the literature and media. How about a Micro-lympics?


Microbiology Technician – Seattle Washington


*Annual Microbiology Retreat µlympics – Indiana University

General microbiology

*Commentary: History of Medicine: Origin of the Term Microbiome and why it Matters – Susan L. Prescott – Human Microbiome Journal

A Stoichioproteomic Analysis of Samples from the Human Microbiome Project – Briana Vecchio-Pagan – Frontiers in Microbiology

Adaptor protein mediates dynamic pump assembly for bacterial metal efflux – Ace George Santiago et al. – PNAS

Press: E. coli bacteria’s defense secret revealed – Bill Steele – Phys.org

Uncharacterized bacterial structures revealed by electron cryotomography – Megan J. Dobro et al. – Journal of Bacteriology

Press: Researchers discover new structures in bacteria, seek to determine function – Phys.org

Microbots decorated with silver nanoparticles kill bacteria in aqueous media – Diana Vilela et al. – Applied Materials and Interfaces

Human gut microbiome

Book chapter: The gut microbiome and inflammatory bowel disease – Maire A. Conrad et al. – Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ed. Petar Mamula et al.)

Quantitative systems pharmacology and the personalized drug-microbiota-diet axis – Ines Thiele et al. – Current Opinion in Systems Biology

Human nearly-sterile sites

Endometrial microbiota—new player in town – Inmaculada Moreno & Jason M. Franasiak – Fertility and Sterility

Contributions of the maternal oral and gut microbiome to placental microbial colonization in overweight and obese pregnant women – Luisa F. Gomez-Arango et al. – Scientific Reports

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Stability and dynamics of enzyme activity patterns in the rice rhizosphere: Effects of plant growth and temperature – Tida Ge et al. – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Doctoral thesis: Exploring candidate genes and rhizosphere microbiome in relation to iron cycling in Andean potatoes – Hua Xiao – Virginia Tech

Analysis of bacterial communities in rhizosphere soil of continuously cropped healthy and diseased konjac – Jinping Wu et al. – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

*Fishing bacteria with a nanonet – F. De Cesare et al. – Materials Today

Isolation, identification, characterization, and screening of rhizospheric bacteria for herbicidal activity – Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji et al. – Organic Agriculture

Bacterial communities on wheat grown under long-term conventional tillage and no-till in the Pacific Northwest of the US – Chuntao Yin et al. – Phytobiomes

*Dispersal enhances beta diversity in nectar microbes – Rachel L. Vannette & Tadashi Fukami – Ecology Letters

Temporal dynamics of soil microbial communities below the seedbed under two contrasting tillage regimes – Florine Degrune et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Effect of phosphate-solubilizing bacteria on phosphorus dynamics and the bacterial community during composting of sugarcane industry waste – German A. Estrada-Bonilla et al. – Systematic and Applied Microbiology

Colonization habitat controls biomass, composition, and metabolic activity of attached microbial communities in the Columbia River hyporheic corridor – Noah Stern et al. – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Prokaryote species richness is positively correlated with eukaryote abundance in wastewater treatment biofilms – I.L. Angell et al. – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Built environment

The bacterial composition of ventilation filter dust in Norwegian pre-school nurseries – Anders B Nygaard & Colin Charnock – Indoor and Built Environment

Factors Determining the Biodiversity of Halophilic Microorganisms on Historic Masonry Buildings – Anna Otlewska et al. – Microbes and Environments

Phages and viruses

The pepper virome: natural co-infection of diverse viruses and their quasispecies – Yeonhwa Jo et al. – BMC Genomics


A novel method to determine the minimum number of sequences required for reliable microbial community analysis – Jiajia Ni et al. – Journal of Microbiological Methods

*PrePrint: Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation − a benchmark of computational metagenomics software – Alexander Sczyrba et al. – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Live antibiotics use bacteria to kill bacteria – Elizabeth Eaton – Science News

Will a New Drug to Fight Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Really Work? – Shawn Radcliffe – Healthline news

Former Pfizer Scientist Is Resurrecting Projects To Solve The Multidrug Resistant Bacteria Problem – John LaMattina – Forbes

The Algae That Devastated Florida’s Coasts Also Contained 28 Kinds Of Bacteria, Study Finds – Kate Stein – WGCU

Microbes on the market

DoggyBiome: studying the microbiome to improve dog health – AnimalBiome – Backerkit

Science, career and publishing

Book chapter: Women of Science – Laura E. Willis – Viewpoints on Media Effects: Pseudo-reality and Its Influence on Media Consumers (Ed. Carol M. Madere)

PrePrint: An elective course for medical students on innovation and entrepreneurship – Erik Reinertsen et al. – bioRxiv

May 10, 2017

A short digest today, but not without interesting pieces. Largest study yet to demonstrate vertical transfer of bacteria from mother to infant, microbes could orchestrate plant ‘migration’, and many fascinating pieces of news on microbes. How may we make peace with microbes in and around us?

General microbiology

Using Resurrected Ancestral Proviral Proteins to Engineer Virus Resistance – Asunción Delgado et al. – Cell Reports

Press: Four-billion-year-old ‘fossil’ protein resurrected in bacteria protects them from viruses – Phys.org

Infant Gut Microbiome

Association Between Breast Milk Bacterial Communities and Establishment and Development of the Infant Gut Microbiome – Pia S. Pannaraj et al. – JAMA Pediatrics

Press: Breastfeeding plays important role in ‘seeding’ infant microbiome with beneficial bacteria – Leigh Hopper – UCLA

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Microbial communities and diazotrophic activity differ in the root-zone of Alamo and Dacotah switchgrass feedstocks – Richard R. Rodrigues et al. – Global Change Biology Bioenergy

Divergent plant–soil feedbacks could alter future elevation ranges and ecosystem dynamics – Michael E. Van Nuland et al. – Nature Ecology and Evolution

Press: Microscopic soil creatures could orchestrate massive tree ‘migrations’ – University of Tennessee at Knoxville – Science Daily

Microbes in the news

Global warming is altering the microbiota of lizards – Brooks Hays – UPI

TOO much exercise causes a leaky gut and increases health risks, research shows (and be especially careful if you work in the military) – Claudia Tanner – Daily Mail

Be wary of the title: Bacteria in Yogurt Cures Depression, Study Shows – Lorie Johnson – CBN News

Anecdotal evidence: Faecal transplants boost mind-gut link – Sarah Wiedersehn – Yahoo News

Bacteria appears to be behind mysterious outbreak in Liberia – Mike Stobbe – ABC News

Scientists Battle Bacteria with Silver and Mucus – Shawn Radcliffe – Healthline News

Verify: Will I contract flesh-eating bacteria at the beach in Texas? – Brandon Jones – KVUE

BACTERIA could mean the end of the pothole: Radical self repairing road can ‘grow’ into cracks – Cecile Borkhataria – Daily Mail

I Survived Flesh-Eating Bacteria—and It Changed My Life Forever – Aimee Copeland – Time

Microbes on the market

Oral enzyme prevents C. difficile infection, VRE colonization – Healio Gastroenterology

May 5, 2017

A PLoS One paper, with Dr. Bik as one of the co-authors, to characterize human gut microbiome and compare certain taxa against healthy profiles, the relationship between diet, circadian rhythm and gut microbiome, and much more.


Webinar: Interactions between the Mycobiome and Bacteriome: Impact on Health and Disease – Zymo Research

The Real Impact of Rodent Diet on Microbiome and Gut Health Research Webinar Q&A – Taconic


PhD position in microbiology – Uppsala Universitet

Microbiology Technician – Pharmaceutical Industry – Runcorn

QC Microbiology/Environmental Control Associate – Yoh’s client – Phoenix

Human multi-site microbiome

Preprint: Microbial Metagenome Of Urinary Tract Infection – Ahmed Moustafa – bioRxiv

Human skin microbiome

Inhibition of fracture healing in the presence of contamination by Staphylococcus aureus: Effects of growth state and immune response – Krystle A. Blanchette et al. – Journal of Orthopaedic Research

Human gut microbiome

Conditional postnatal deletion of the neonatal murine hepatic circadian gene, Npas2, alters the gut microbiome following restricted feeding – Derek S. O’Neil et al. – American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Press: Study: Alterations to circadian clock change the body’s response to diet – Amy Wallace – UPI

16S rRNA gene sequencing and healthy reference ranges for 28 clinically relevant microbial taxa from the human gut microbiome – Daniel E. Almonacid and Laurens Kraal et al. (including our Elisabeth Bik) – PLoS One

Press: uBiome Publishes Peer-Reviewed Scientific Paper in PLOS ONE on First Version of Technology for Gut Health Screening Test – PRWeb

Commentary: The microbiota: an underestimated actor in radiation-induced lesions? – Harry Sokol and Timon Erik Adolph – Gut

Animal microbiome

Bacterial microbiota in small brown planthopper populations with different rice viruses – Shuo Li et al. – Journal of Basic Microbiology

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Small mammal activity alters plant community composition and microbial activity in an old-field ecosystem – Leigh C. Moorhead et al. – Ecosphere

Edaphic Conditions, Aboveground Carbon Stocks and Plant Diversity on Nickel Mine Tailings Dump Vegetated with Senegalia polyacantha (Willd.) Seigler & Ebinger – Edeth Mukaro et al. – Land Degradation & Development

Water and extremophile microbiome

Preprint: 290 Metagenome-assembled Genomes from the Mediterranean Sea: a resource for marine microbiology – Benjamin J Tully et al. – bioRxiv


Development of a multiplex real-time PCR assay for phylogenetic analysis of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli – Mojtaba Hasanpour and Akram Najafi – Journal of Microbiological Methods

New issue of the Journal of Microbiological Methods

Microbes in the news

Zika fight: Bacteria-laden mosquitoes unleashed in Florida to combat virus – Phil Keating – Fox News

Drought-quenching bacteria the future of farming? – Taylor Hartman – Daily Sun

Officials warn swimmers to avoid bacteria-laden parts of Lake Lanier – Ellen Eldridge – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pathogenic bacteria train their defence in lakes and oceans – Phys.org

Cross-sector collaboration needed in fight against antimicrobial resistance – Sara Wyant – Agri-Pulse

Microbes on the market

Taconic Biosciences Expands Microbiome Portfolio – P&T Community


Microbiology Career Profiles – Market Specialist at Pacific Biosciences with Melissa Smith, PhD – ASM

April 26, 2017

A series of commentary on the effects of microbiota on vaccines, a fascinating news release about a phage therapy against multi-drug resistant bacterial infection, and can our gut microbes tell us what to eat?

General microbiology

Evaluation of serotypes 5 and 8 capsular polysaccharides in protection against Staphylococcus aureus in murine models of infection – Brian L. Cheng – Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics

Do the Microbiota Influence Vaccines and Protective Immunity to Pathogens? If So, Is There Potential for Efficacious Microbiota-Based Vaccines? – Dan R Littman – Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology

Do the Microbiota Influence Vaccines and Protective Immunity to Pathogens? Engaging Our Endogenous Adjuvants – Nicholas Collins1 and Yasmine Belkaid – Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology

Do the Microbiota Influence Vaccines and Protective Immunity to Pathogens? Issues of Sovereignty, Federalism, and Points-Testing in the Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Spaces of the Host-Microbial Superorganism – Andrew J. Macpherson – Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology

Web alert: Microbial therapeutics – Microbial Biotechnology

Human multi-site microbiome

The urinary microbiome and its contribution to lower urinary tract symptoms; ICI-RS 2015 – Marcus J. Drake – Neurourology and Urodynamics

Human gut microbiome

Doctoral Dissertation: The Effects of the Gut Microbiota on the Host Chromatin Landscape – Nicholas Paul Semenkovich – University of Washington, St. Louis

Tissue adaptation: Implications for gut immunity and tolerance – Ana M.C. Faria – Journal of Experimental Medicine

Animal experiments

Doctoral Dissertation, Mouse: The impact of malnutrition on host-microbe interactions in the intestine – Eric Brown – University of British Columbia

Mouse: Deciphering the mechanism of Huang-Lian-Jie-Du-Decoction on the treatment of sepsis by formula decomposition and metabolomics: enhancement of cholinergic pathways and inhibition of HMGB-1/TLR4/NF-κB signaling – Dingqiao Xu – Pharmacological Research

Dysbiosis of intestinal microbiota and decrease in paneth cell antimicrobial peptide level during acute necrotizing pancreatitis in rats – Jing Chen – PLoS One

Commensal bacteria and essential amino acids control food choice behavior and reproduction – Ricardo Leitão-Gonçalves – PLoS Biology

Press: How Gut Bacteria Tell Their Hosts What to Eat – Knvul Sheikh – Scientific American

Press: Are Gut Bacteria Driving Your Cravings? – Shayla Love – Vice

Maternal obese-type gut microbiota differentially impact cognition, anxiety and compulsive behavior in male and female offspring in mice – Annadora J. Bruce-Keller – PLoS One

Animal microbiome

Discovery of tauroursodeoxycholic acid biotransformation enzymes from the gut microbiome of black bears using metagenomics – Can Song – Scientific Reports

Diversity and functions of the sheep faecal microbiota: a multi-omic characterization – Alessandro Tanca – Microbial Biotechnology

New issue of Microbial Biotechnology is available online.

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Microbial communities associated with plants: learning from nature to apply it in agriculture – Fernando Dini Andreote and Michele de Cássia Pereira e Silva- Current Opinion in Microbiology

Life in earth – the root microbiome to the rescue? – Tim H Mauchline, Jacob G Malone – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Unique rhizosphere micro-characteristics facilitate phytoextraction of multiple metals in soil by the hyperaccumulating plant Sedum alfredii – Dandi Hou – Environmental Science & Technology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Doctoral Dissertation: Microbial community variation in an Arctic shelf seafloor – Tan Thi Nguyen – The Arctic University of Norway

Diversity Analysis and Bioresource Characterization of Halophilic Bacteria Isolated from a South African Saltpan – Ramganesh Selvarajan – Molecules

Arsenic metabolism in high altitude modern stromatolites revealed by metagenomic analysis – Daniel Kurth – Scientific Reports


VSL#3 probiotic differently influences IEC-6 intestinal epithelial cell status and function – Benedetta Cinque – Journal of Cellular Physiology

Phages and viruses

Press Release: Novel phage therapy saves patient with multidrug-resistant bacterial infection – University of California, San Diego


Preprint: Assessing species biomass contributions in microbial communities via metaproteomics – Manuel Kleiner – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Are Probiotics the Answer to Acne? – Kristen Fischer – Healthline News

Are the microbes in our gut affecting how fast we age? – Vincent Maffei – OUPblog

Bacteria May be Reason Some Foods Cause Heart Disease, Stroke – Maggie Fox – NBC News

The Slow-Motion Bacteria Buried Deep in the Ocean’s Floor – Veronique Greenwood – The Atlantic

Bacteria from India’s hot springs could help contain oil spills – Dinesh C Sharma – Firstpost

Bacteria causing diarrhoea deaths in children resists key antibiotic – Syed Akbar – The Times of India

Fat rats, slow sperm, and unhealthy bacteria – Lee Evslin – The Garden Island