June 4, 2019

General microbiome
Rigorous Statistical Methods for Rigorous Microbiome Science – Amy D. Willis – mSystems

Understanding microbial community dynamics to improve optimal microbiome selection – Robyn J. Wright – Microbiome

Toward a Better Understanding of Species Interactions through Network Biology – Ryan S. McClure – mSystems

Human respiratory microbiome
Nasal commensal Staphylococcus epidermidis enhances interferon-λ-dependent immunity against influenza virus – Hyun Jik Kim – Microbiome

Human gut microbiome
A Multi-omics Approach to Unraveling the Microbiome-Mediated Effects of Arabinoxylan Oligosaccharides in Overweight Humans – Alfonso Benítez-Páez – mSystems

Gut microbiome identifies risk for colorectal polyps – Ezzat Dadkhah – BMJ Open Gastroenterology

Yogurt improves insulin resistance and liver fat in obese women with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and metabolic syndrome: a randomized controlled trial – Yang Chen – American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Preprint: Chemical Impacts of the Microbiome Across Scales Reveal Novel Conjugated Bile Acids – Robert A Quinn – bioRxiv

Animal models
Ruminal microbiome-host crosstalk stimulates the development of the ruminal epithelium in a lamb model – Limei Lin – Microbiome

Missing Links: the Role of Primates in Understanding the Human Microbiome – Katherine R. Amato – mSystems

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Collaborative involvement of woody plant roots and rhizosphere microorganisms in the formation of pedogenetic clays – Frank Reith – Annals of Botany

Water and extremophile microbiome
Effects of sulfamethoxazole and sulfamethoxazole-degrading bacteria on water quality and microbial communities in milkfish ponds – Bea-Ven Chang – Environmental Pollution

Preprint: Temporal dynamics of Bacteria, Archaea and protists in equatorial coastal waters – Caroline Chénard – bioRxiv

Built environment
Concurrent measurement of microbiome and allergens in the air of bedrooms of allergy disease patients in the Chicago area – Miles Richardson – Microbiome

Phages and viruses
Preprint: The human gut virome is highly diverse, stable and individual-specific – Andrey Shkoporov – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics
NG-meta-profiler: fast processing of metagenomes using NGLess, a domain-specific language – Luis Pedro Coelho – Microbiome

Science, publishing, and career
Preprint: The Mastery Rubric for Bioinformatics: supporting design and evaluation of career-spanning education and training – Rochelle E. Tractenberg – bioRxiv

Alyson’s non-microbiology picks
Why Your Metro Commute Is So Insanely Windy – Julie Bogen – The Atlantic

The 2019 Wellcome photography prize: close focus on the human condition – Sean O’Hagan – The Guardian

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April 29, 2019

Today’s Monday morning digest is about correlations of human gut microbiome with circulating metabolites, coronary artery disease severity; microbial communities in biogas plants, and proteomic profiling of gut microbiota-associated bile salt hydrolase activity.

Human gut microbiome

Correlation of Gut Microbiome Between ASD Children and Mothers and Potential Biomarkers for Risk Assessment – Ning Li – Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

Neonatal Vitamin A Supplementation and Vitamin A Status Are Associated with Gut Microbiome Composition in Bangladeshi Infants in Early Infancy and at 2 Years of Age – M Nazmul Huda – Journal of Nutrition

Diversification and evolution of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium during intestinal domination – Krista A. Dubin – Infection and Immunity

Microbiota as a cornerstone in the development of primary sclerosing cholangitis: paving the path for translational diagnostic and therapeutic approaches – Catherine Mooser – Gut

Alterations in the gut microbiome and metabolism with coronary artery disease severity – Honghong Liu – Microbiome

Deciphering the complex interplay between microbiota, HPV, inflammation and cancer through cervicovaginal metabolic profiling – Zehra Esra Ilhan – EBio Medicine

Relationship between gut microbiota and circulating metabolites in population-based cohorts – Dina Vojinovic – BioRxiv

Animal experiments

Antibiotics-induced perturbations in gut microbial diversity influence metabolic phenotypes in a murine model of high-fat diet-induced obesity – Dongmin Liu – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Composition, diversity and function of gastrointestinal microbiota in wild red-billed choughs (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) – Wen Wang – International Microbiology

Plant, root, soil microbiome

Antioxidant activity changes of exopolysaccharides with different carbon sources from Lactobacillus plantarum LPC-1 and its metabolomic analysis – Xin Cheng – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Effects of grassland afforestation on structure and function of soil bacterial and fungal communities – Kaibo Wang – Science of the Total Environment

Water microbiome and extremophiles

Effect of applied voltage and temperature on methane production and microbial community in microbial electrochemical anaerobic digestion systems treating swine manure – Jaecheul Yu – Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology

Metaproteome analysis reveals that syntrophy, competition, and phage-host interaction shape microbial communities in biogas plants – R. Heyer – Microbiome

Techniques

Improving Assignment of Microbial Genetic Polymorphisms Assignments in Complex Samples by Bayesian Estimation – Jiarui Li – Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

Accounting for Biological Variation With Linear Mixed-effects Modelling Improves the Quality of Clinical Metabolomics Data – Kwanjeera Wanichthanarak – Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal

Chemoproteomic Profiling of Gut Microbiota-Associated Bile Salt Hydrolase Activity – Bibudha Parasar – ACS Central Science

Microbiome in news

Human Microbiome Therapeutics Market Research Methodology- Prominent Players Enterome Bioscience, Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd., DuPont – The Market Bureau

The Week That Wasn’t: See-Through Skulls, Fecal Soup, Microbiome Pill – Medscape

Non-Microbiology Picks

The incretin system in healthy humans: the role of GIP and GLP-1 – Jens Juul Holst – Metabolism

March 28, 2019

Today’s digest covers interesting reviews on different aspects of host-microbiome interactions, research articles about how structural variation in gut microbiome affects host health, characterization of a simplified microbial community to study microbial interaction with diet in mice and viral diversity in soil metagenomes. Happy reading!

General microbiome

Review – Microbiome: Our opponents or allies in healthcare and medicine – Horst A von Recum – Experimental Biology and Medicine

Review –  To B12 or not to B12: Five questions on the role of cobalamin in host-microbial interactions – Carol A. Rowley – Plos Pathogens

Review – Can oral bacteria affect the microbiome of the gut? – Ingar Olsen – Journal of Oral Microbiology

Review –  Inter-kingdom signaling between gut microbiota and their host – Qing Li – Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

Human gut microbiome

Structural variation in the gut microbiome associates with host health – David Zeevi – Nature

Effects of fermentable high fiber diet supplementation on gut derived and conventional nitrogenous product in patients on maintenance hemodialysis: a randomized controlled trial – Hamid Tayebi Khosroshahi – Nutrition and Metabolism

Identification of the microbial diversity after fecal microbiota transplantation therapy for chronic intractable constipation using 16s rRNA amplicon sequencing – Tadashi Ohara – PlosOne

The microbiome and tuberculosis: state of the art, potential applications, and defining the clinical research agenda – Charissa C Naidoo – Lancet Respiratory medicine

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation: An Update on Clinical Practice – Kyeong Ok Kim – Clinical Endoscopy

Aryl hydrocarbon receptor and uremic toxins from gut microbiota in chronic kidney disease patients: Is there a relationship? – Jessyca Brito – Biochemistry

Animal experiments

Bacterial AB5 toxins inhibit the growth of gut bacteria by targeting ganglioside-like glycoconjugates – Robert T. Patry – Nature Communications

Simplified Intestinal Microbiota to Study Microbe-Diet-Host Interactions in a Mouse Model – Petia Kovatcheva-Datchary – Cell Reports

Pomegranate ellagitannin-gut microbial-derived metabolites, urolithins, inhibit neuroinflammation in vitro – Nicholas A. DaSilva – Nutritional Neuroscience

Endogenous Enterobacteriaceae underlie variation in susceptibility to Salmonella infection – Eric M. Velazquez – Nature Microbiology

Plant, root, soil microbiome

Thickness determines microbial community structure and function in nitrifying biofilms via deterministic assembly – Carolina Suarez – Scientific Reports

Untapped viral diversity in global soil metagenomes – Emily B. Graham – BioRxiv

Water microbiome and extremophiles

Fate of antibiotic resistance genes in two Arctic tundra wetlands impacted by municipal wastewater – Jennifer L. Hayward – Science of the Total Environment

Probiotics

Importance of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer – Majid Eslami – Journal of Cellular Physiology

Non-microbiology picks

Artificial womb technology breaks its four minute mile – Science Daily

March 21, 2019

Happy Spring! Today’s Digest features a megaphylogeny of mushrooms, new papers about the respiratory microbiome, fecal microbiome and metatranscriptomic analysis from nonhuman primates, and the microbial ecology of snow. Bonus: a pick about the first woman to win the Abel Prize.

General Microbiome
Megaphylogeny resolves global patterns of mushroom evolution – Torda Varga – Nature Ecology and Evolution

Fate of CMY-2-encoding plasmids introduced into the human fecal microbiota by exogenous Escherichia coli – Mehreen Anjum – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Review: The impact of indigenous microbes on Parkinson’s disease – Timothy Sampson – Neurobiology of Disease

Pregnancy and Early Life
Michigan cohorts to determine associations of maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index with pregnancy and infant gastrointestinal microbial communities: Late pregnancy and early infancy – Kameron Y. Sugino – PLOS One

Human Respiratory Microbiome
Bacterial and viral respiratory tract microbiota and host characteristics in children with lower respiratory tract infections: a matched case-control study – Wing Ho Man – The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

The Yin and Yang of Streptococcus Lung Infections in Cystic Fibrosis: A Model for Studying Polymicrobial Interactions – Jessie E. Scott – Journal of Bacteriology

The nasal and oropharyngeal microbiomes of healthy livestock workers – Ashley E. Kates – PLOS One

Human Gut Microbiome
Review: Role of SCFAs in gut microbiome and glycolysis for colorectal cancer therapy – Gang Wang – Journal of Cellular Physiology

Review: Obesity, Motility, Diet, and Intestinal Microbiota—Connecting the Dots – Maya Fayfman – Current Gastroenterology Reports

Review: The gut microbiome and response to immune checkpoint inhibitors: preclinical and clinical strategies – Jun Gong – Clinical and Translational Medicine

The exosome secretion inhibitor neticonazole suppresses intestinal dysbacteriosis-induced tumorigenesis of colorectal cancer – Lei Gu – Investigational New Drugs

Glutamate interactions with obesity, insulin resistance, cognition and gut microbiota composition – María Encarnación Palomo-Buitrago – Acta Diabetologica

Understanding the gut–kidney axis among biopsy-proven diabetic nephropathy, type 2 diabetes mellitus and healthy controls: an analysis of the gut microbiota composition – Sibei Tao – Acta Diabetologica

Identification of the microbial diversity after fecal microbiota transplantation therapy for chronic intractable constipation using 16s rRNA amplicon sequencing – Tadashi Ohara – PLOS One

Animal Experiments
Gut microbiota from infant with Cow’s Milk Allergy promotes clinical and immune features of atopy in a murine model – A. Mauras – Allergy

N-(1-carbamoyl-2-phenylethyl) butyramide reduces antibiotic-induced intestinal injury, innate immune activation and modulates microbiota composition – Adriano Lama – Scientific Reports

Immunosuppression-induced alterations in fish gut microbiota may increase the susceptibility to pathogens – Xiao-Zhou Qi – Fish & Shellfish Immunology

Rifaximin Alters Intestinal Microbiota and Prevents Progression of Ankylosing Spondylitis in Mice – Lianjun Yang – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Hydroxytyrosol Improves Obesity and Insulin Resistance by Modulating Gut Microbiota in High-Fat Diet-Induced Obese Mice – Zhuoqun Liu – Frontiers in Microbiology

Review: Dietary Fiber and Intestinal Health of Monogastric Animals – Rajesh Jha – Frontiers in Veterinary Science

Circadian disruption and divergent microbiota acquisition under extended photoperiod regimens in chicken – Anne-Sophie Charlotte Hieke – PeerJ

Animal Microbiome
Fecal metatranscriptomics of macaques with idiopathic chronic diarrhea reveals altered mucin degradation and fucose utilization – Samuel T. Westreich – Microbiome

Microbiome Profiles of Ligature-Induced Periodontitis in Nonhuman Primates Across the Lifespan – Sreenatha Kirakodu – Infection and Immunity

Diabetic cats have decreased gut microbial diversity and a lack of butyrate producing bacteria – Ida Nordang Kieler – Scientific Reports

Exploring the bacteriome in anthropophilic ticks: To investigate the vectors for diagnosis – Aránzazu Portillo – PLOS One

Plant, Root, and Soil Microbiome
Microbiota in Non-flooded and Flooded Rice Culms – Hui-Ling Cui – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Microbial community structure in full scale anaerobic mono-and co-digesters treating food waste and animal waste – Taewoan Koo – Bioresource Technology

Variations in pH significantly affect cadmium uptake in grafted muskmelon (Cucumis melo L.) plants and drive the diversity of bacterial communities in a seedling substrate – Jian Zhang – Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

Divergent microbial communities in groundwater and overlying soils exhibit functional redundancy for plant-polysaccharide degradation – Martin Taubert – PLOS One

Microbial diversity and soil physiochemical characteristic of higher altitude – Saurabh Kumar – PLOS One

Water and Extremophile Microbiome
Microbial Ecology of Snow Reveals Taxa-Specific Biogeographical Structure – Shawn P. Brown – Microbial Ecology

Bacterial community in cold and alkaline environments of Hoh Xil basin in Qinghai–Tibet Plateau and isolation of potential sources of microbiota – Rui Xing – Annals of Microbiology

Bacterial communities of the microbial mats of Chokrak sulfide springs – Ekaterina I. Burganskaya – Archives of Microbiology

Dynamics of microbial community in the bioreactor for bisphenol S removal – Wen-Cong Huang – Science of the Total Environment

High-throughput DNA sequencing reveals the dominance of pico- and other filamentous cyanobacteria in an urban freshwater Lake – Hanyan Li – Science of the Total Environment

A novel phenol and ammonia recovery process for coal gasification wastewater altering the bacterial community and increasing pollutants removal in anaerobic/anoxic/aerobic system – Xuefei Gui – Science of the Total Environment

Built Environment
Biodeterioration of mortar coating in historical buildings: Microclimatic characterization, material, and fungal community – Fernanda L. Guerra – Building and Environment

A different suite: The assemblage of distinct fungal communities in water-damaged units of a poorly-maintained public housing building – Iman A. Sylvain – PLOS One

Microbes in Space
Subsurface Microbial Habitats in an Extreme Desert Mars-Analog Environment – Kimberley A. Warren-Rhodes – Frontiers in Microbiology

Food Microbiology
Microbiome patterns reveal the transmission of pathogenic bacteria in hilsa fish (Tenualosa ilisha) marketed for human consumption in Bangladesh – Md Javed Foysal – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Impact of turning, pod storage and fermentation time on microbial ecology and volatile composition of cocoa beans – Yasmine Hamdouche – Food Research International

Probiotic potential of a Lactobacillus rhamnosus cheese isolate and its effect on the fecal microbiota of healthy volunteers – Joaquin Bautista-Gallego – Food Research International

Dynamics of biogenic amines and bacterial communities in a Thai fermented pork product Nham – Pannita Santiyanont – Food Research International

Probiotics/Prebiotics
16S rRNA gene profiling and genome reconstruction reveal community metabolic interactions and prebiotic potential of medicinal herbs used in neurodegenerative disease and as nootropics – Christine Tara Peterson – PLOS One

Phages and Viruses
Review: Phage therapy: What factors shape phage pharmacokinetics and bioavailability? Systematic and critical review – Krystyna Dąbrowska – Medicinal Research Reviews

Bioinformatics
MetaPheno: A Critical Evaluation of Deep Learning and Machine Learning in Metagenome-Based Disease Prediction – Nathan LaPierre – Methods

Assessing alignment-based taxonomic classification of ancient microbial DNA – Raphael Eisenhofer – PeerJ

Techniques
A comparison of storage methods for gut microbiome studies in teleosts: Insights from rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) – Mathis Hildonen – Journal of Microbiological Methods

Alyson’s Non-Microbiology Picks
Soap-bubble pioneer is first woman to win prestigious maths prize

Girls who share a womb with boys tend to make less money than those with twin sisters

 

March 14, 2019

Today’s digest covers interesting reviews on microbiota for immunotherapies, non-digestible carbohydrates for infant microbiota and contribution of marine microbiota in reactive oxygen species; research articles on how gluten sensitivity is affected by duodenal microbiota and how ginger intake affects mouse microbiota.

General microbiome

Review: Mining the microbiota for microbial and metabolite-based immunotherapies – Ashwin N. Skelly – Nature Reviews Immunology

Pregnancy and early life microbiome

Relationship between vitamin D status and the vaginal microbiome during pregnancy – Kimberly K. Jefferson – Journal of Perinatology

Review: Shaping the Infant Microbiome With Non-Digestible Carbohydrates – Stella A. Verkhnyatskaya – Frontiers in Microbiology

Variations in early gut microbiome are associated with childhood eczema – Yu Zhang – FEMS Microbiology Letters

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiota in HIV–pneumonia patients is related to peripheral CD4 counts, lung microbiota, and in vitro macrophage dysfunction – Meera K. Shenoy – Microbiome

Effects of bowel preparation on the human gut microbiome and metabolome – Naoyoshi Nagata – Scientific Reports

Human colon mucosal biofilms from healthy or colon cancer hosts are carcinogenic – Sarah Tomkovich – The Journal of Clinical Investigation

Animal experiments

Host NLRP6 exacerbates graft-versus-host disease independent of gut microbial composition – Tomomi Toubai – Nature Microbiology

Duodenal bacterial proteolytic activity determines sensitivity to dietary antigen through protease-activated receptor-2 – Alberto Caminero – Nature Communications

The dynamics of the antibiotic resistome in the feces of freshly weaned pigs following therapeutic administration of oxytetracycline – Mahdi Ghanbari – Scientific Reports

Beneficial effects of ginger on prevention of obesity through modulation of gut microbiota in mice – Jing Wang – European Journal of Nutrition

Six‐Week High‐Fat Diet Alters the Gut Microbiome and Promotes Cecal Inflammation, Endotoxin Production, and Simple Steatosis without Obesity in Male Rats – Melisa Crawford – Lipids

Gut microbiome structure and adrenocortical activity in dogs with aggressive and phobic behavioral disorders – Elisabetta Mondo – BioRxiv

The gut microbiota regulates mouse biliary regenerative responses – Wenli Liu – BioRxiv

Plant, root, soil microbiome

Consistent bacterial selection by date palm root system across heterogeneous desert oasis agroecosystems – Maria J. Mosqueira – Scientific Reports

Bacterial fermentation and respiration processes are uncoupled in anoxic permeable sediments – Adam J. Kessler – Nature Microbiology

Effects of graphene oxide and graphite on soil bacterial and fungal diversity – Christian Forstner – BioRxiv

Water microbiome and extremophiles

Review: The microbial contribution to reactive oxygen species dynamics in marine ecosystems – Erik R. Zinser – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Non-microbiology picks

Nano-bot can probe inside human cells – Science Daily

February 27, 2019

Today’s short digest covers articles on bacterial interaction with intestinal cells, semen microbiome and how microbiota affects insulin reactive immune cells.

General microbiome

The founder hypothesis: A basis for microbiota resistance, diversity in taxa carriage, and colonization resistance against pathogens – Yael Litvak -Plos Pathogens

Review : Impact of the gut microbiome on the genome and epigenome of colon epithelial cells: contributions to colorectal cancer development – Jawara Allen – Genome Medicine

Paneth cell granule dynamics on secretory responses to bacterial stimuli in enteroids – Yuki Yokoi – Scientific Reports

Human gut microbiome

Altered immunity and microbial dysbiosis in aged individuals with long-term controlled HIV infection – Nicholas S. Rhoades – Frontiers in Immunology

Bacterial viability in faecal transplants: Which bacteria survive? – Lito E. Papanicolas – EbioMedicine

Semen Microbiome Biogeography: An Analysis Based on a Chinese Population Study – Zhanshan Ma – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal experiments

The effects of unfermented and fermented cow and sheep milk on the gut microbiota – Elizabeth Rettedal – Frontiers in Microbiology

Altered Gut Microbiota Activate and Expand Insulin B15-23-Reactive CD8+ T-Cells – James A. Pearson – Diabetes

Lactobacillus plantarum PFM 105 Promotes Intestinal Development Through Modulation of Gut Microbiota in Weaning Piglets – Tianwei Wang – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water microbiome and extremophiles

Microbial residence time is a controlling parameter of the taxonomic composition and functional profile of microbial communities – Cresten Mansfeldt – ISME Journal

Microbial community structure and functionality in the deep sea floor: evaluating the causes of spatial heterogeneity in a submarine canyon system (NW Mediterranean, Spain) – Sara Román – Frontiers in Marine Science

Non-microbiology picks

Dual AAV-mediated gene therapy restores hearing in a DFNB9 mouse model – Omar Akil – PNAS

 

February 19, 2019

Highlights: Microbial colonization in infants, prokaryotes of oxygen depleted water in Bay of Bengal, biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons, microbial communities across a range of saline soils, trait based approaches in wastewater treatment bioreactors to understand the changes in bacterial community composition. You can also read a handful of career based news in today’s non-microbe picks. 

General microbiome

Petroleum Microbiology Under Extreme Conditions – Oluwadara Oluwaseun Alegbeleye –Microbial Action on Hydrocarbons

Pregnancy and early life

Genome-resolved metagenomics of eukaryotic populations during early colonization of premature infants and in hospital rooms – Matthew R Olm – Microbiome

Review: Establishment of an ideal gut microbiota to boost healthy growth of neonates – Thi Thanh Binh Nguyen – Critical Reviews in Microbiology

Necrotizing Enterocolitis Pathophysiology: How Microbiome Data Alter Our Understanding – Christina S. Kim MD – Clinics in Perinatology

Human skin microbiome

Rapid discrimination of fungal strains isolated from human skin based on microbial volatile organic profiles – Joao Raul Belinato – Journal of Chromatography B

Human gut microbiome

A pilot study on clinicopathological features and intestinal microflora changes in colorectal cancer patients born over a nine-year period encompassing three years before and after the Great Chinese famine – Jiante Li – Cancer Epidemiology

Animal experiments 

Ameliorating gut microenvironment through staphylococcal nuclease-mediated intestinal NETs degradation for prevention of type 1 diabetes in NOD mice – Yixuan Liang – Life Sciences

Oral administration of antibiotics increased the potential mobility of bacterial resistance genes in the gut of the fish Piaractus mesopotamicus – Johan S. Sáenz – Microbiome

Animal microbiome 

Effects of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation product on fecal characteristics, nutrient digestibility, fecal fermentative end-products, fecal microbial populations, immune function, and diet palatability in adult dogs – Ching-Yen Lin – Journal of Animal Science

Bacterial community analysis for investigating bacterial transfer from tonsils to the pig carcass – Anne Mette Jakobsen – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Spatial distribution of prokaryotic communities in hypersaline soils – Blanca Vera-Gargallo – Scientific Reports

Comparative Genomics, Siderophore Production, and Iron Scavenging Potential of Root Zone Soil Bacteria Isolated from ‘Concord’ Grape Vineyards – Ricky W. Lewis – Microbial Ecology

Dynamics of soil microbial communities following vegetation succession in a karst mountain ecosystem, Southwest China – Chang Zhao – Scientific Reports

Diversity and Functionality of Culturable Endophytic Bacterial Communities in Chickpea Plants – Clarisse Brígido – MDPI

Robust archaeal and bacterial communities inhabit shallow subsurface sediments of the Bonneville Salt Flats – Julia M. McGonigle – bioRxiv

Impact of intercropping on the coupling between soil microbial community structure, activity, and nutrient-use efficiencies – Tengxiang Lian – PeerJ

Alteration of Crop Rotation in Continuous Pinellia ternate Cropping Soils Profiled via ITS Amplicon Sequencing – Zhigui He – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Assessment of the Diversity of Fungal Community Composition Associated With Vachellia pachyceras and Its Rhizosphere Soil From Kuwait Desert – Majda K. Suleiman – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Prokaryotic Diversity in Oxygen Depleted Waters of the Bay of Bengal Inferred Using Culture-Dependent and -Independent Methods – Genevieve L. Fernandes – Indian Journal of Microbiology

Enrichment of anaerobic heterotrophic thermophiles from four Azorean hot springs revealed different community composition and genera abundances using recalcitrant substrates – Marcel Suleiman – Extremophiles 

Microbial Consortia and Biodegradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Marine Environments – J. Paniagua-Michel – Microbial Action on Hydrocarbons

Built environment 

Trait-based life-history strategies explain succession scenario for complex bacterial communities under varying disturbance – Ezequiel Santillan – bioRxiv

Non-Microbiology picks

To move research from quantity to quality, go beyond good intentions – Nature

How business-savvy scientists can find success in the risky start-up world – Nature

A disadvantaged background doesn’t have to be a barrier to success – Nature

Announcing the 2019 ScientistAtWork photo competition – Nature

Huge variations in US postdoc salaries point to undervalued workforce – Nature