June 6th, 2021

Hyvää Päivää from Helsinki, Finland ! Today’s digest contains a variety of interesting papers,in particular for people interested in viromes. The digest contains a really interesting preprint on the diversity of four new Antarctic sea ice bacteriophages, demonstrating their uniqueness and novelty compared to previoulsy characterized phages.

For people interested in bacterial microbiome, this digest contains a lot of very interesting pieces, in particular a very interesting review on the hopes and current limitation of Fecal Microbial Transplants in clinical settings.

Finally, today’s non-microbiology pick is a piece exploring the social impacts of naming diseases using strong-held but flawed names like German measles,

Have a great Weekend!

Human gut microbiome

Impact of the Gut Microbiota Balance on the Health–DiseaseRelationship: The Importance of Consuming Probioticsand Prebiotics – Olvera-Rosales et al. – Foods

Review: Fecal microbiota transplantationin human metabolic diseases:From a murky past to a bright future? – Hanssen et al. – Cell

Animal experiments

Short- and long-term effects of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid or doxycycline on the gastrointestinal microbiome of growing cats – Stavroulaki et al. – BioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Preprint: Deep-rooted plant species recruit distinct bacterial communities in 3 m deep subsoil – Bak et al. – BioRxiV

Preprint: Single seed microbiota: assembly and transmission from parent plant to seedling Chesneau et al. – BioRxiV

Built environment

Reconstruction of metagenome-assembled genomes from aquaria – Ettinger et al. – BiorXiV

Phages and viruses

Viruses roam the wheat phyllosphere – Forero-Junco et al. – BioRxiV

Characteristics of genetically diverse Antarctic sea ice bacteriophages allow adaptation to changing environmental conditions – Demina et al. – BioRxiv


Preprint: PGfinder, a novel analysis pipeline for the consistent, reproducible and high-resolution structural analysis of bacterial peptidoglycans – Patel et al. – BioRxiV

Perspective: Computational Viromics: Applications of the Computational Biology in Viromics Studies – Lu and Peng – Virologica Sinica

Preprint: Detecting the hosts of bacteriophages using GCN-Based semi-supervised learning – Shang and Sun – ArxiV

My non-microbiology picks

Preprint: Naming of human diseases on the wrong side of history – Hu – BioRxiV

June 4, 2021

Greetings from Pittsburgh!

Today’s digest includes a review about the digestibility of adult dog diets, several articles about the human gut microbiome, an article about the spinach phyllosphere, and research about the effect of fertilizer and continuous garlic cultivation on the soil microbiome. It also includes topics such as microorganisms in ancient Siberian permafrost, the use of a probiotic consortium as an alternative to chemical remediation of oil spills, and much more!

If you want a lighter read, I’ve also included a fun Smithsonian Magazine article about the use of bacteria in art restoration.

Happy Friday!

General microbiome

Review: An evolving view on biogeochemical cycling of iron – Kappler et al. – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Review: Beyond horizontal gene transfer: the role of plasmids in bacterial evolution – Rodríguez-Beltrán et al. – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Review: Cells within cells: Rickettsiales and the obligate intracellular bacterial lifestyle – Salje – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Reviews: Microbial volatile organic compounds in intra-kingdom and inter-kingdom interactions – Weisskopf et al. – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Human skin microbiome

Apple cider vinegar soaks do not alter the skin bacterial microbiome in atopic dermatitis – Luu et al. – PLOS One

Human gut microbiome

Metabolomic profiling identifies complex lipid species and amino acid analogues associated with response to weight loss interventions – Bihlmeyer et al. – PLOS One

Gut microbiome differences among Mexican Americans with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus – Kitten et al. – PLOS One

Enlightening the taxonomy darkness of human gut microbiomes with a cultured biobank – Liu et al. – Microbiome

Gut microbiota profiles of young South Indian children: Child sex-specific relations with growth – Shivakumar et al. – PLOS One

Animal experiments

Review: Soybean meal and poultry offal meal effects on digestibility of adult dogs diets – Vanelli et al. – PLOS One

Animal microbiome

A survey of mosquito-borne and insect-specific viruses in hospitals and livestock markets in western Kenya – Chiuya et al. – PLOS One

Microbiomes of clownfish and their symbiotic host anemone converge before their first physical contact – Émie et al. – Microbiome

Characterization of oral and cloacal microbial communities in cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) during the time course of rehabilitation – McNally et al. – PLOS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Influence of seasonal changes and salinity on spinach phyllosphere bacterial functional assemblage – Ibekwe et al. – PLOS One

Comparison of bacterial and archaeal communities in two fertilizer doses and soil compartments under continuous cultivation system of garlic – Zhou et al. – PLOS One

Water and extremophile microbiome

Meanders as a scaling motif for understanding of floodplain soil microbiome and biogeochemical potential at the watershed scale – Carnevali et al. – Microbiome

Urban wastewater bacterial communities assemble into seasonal steady states – LaMartina et al. – Microbiome

Genomic reconstruction of fossil and living microorganisms in ancient Siberian permafrost – Liang et al. – Microbiome

Genomic and immunogenic changes of Piscine novirhabdovirus (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus) over its evolutionary history in the Laurentian Great Lakes – Niner et al. – PLOS One

Built environment

Multi-domain probiotic consortium as an alternative to chemical remediation of oil spills at coral reefs and adjacent sites – Silva et al. – Microbiome

Microbes in the news

Italian Art Restorers Used Bacteria to Clean Michelangelo Masterpieces – Davis-Marks – Smithsonian Magazine

May 17, 2021

Good morning from Pittsburgh.

Today’s digest is preprint-heavy and has quite a few articles focused on soil, plants, and agriculture. If you aren’t interested in those areas of research, we also have articles with topics spanning the 1918 pandemic to multi-donor fecal transplants to carbohydrate utilization by marine fungi.

Happy reading!

General microbiome

Fresh extension of Vibrio cholerae competence type IV pili predisposes them for motor-independent retraction – Chlebek et al. – Appl Environ Microbiol

Preprint: Coordination of gene expression with cell size enables Escherichia coli to efficiently maintain motility across conditions – Honda et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Archival influenza virus genomes from Europe reveal genomic and phenotypic variability during the 1918 pandemic – Patrono et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Fluorescent protein expression as a proxy of bacterial fitness in a high throughput assay – Schlechter et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Nanopore sequencing provides rapid and reliable insight into microbial profiles of Intensive Care Units – Viana de Siqueira et al. – bioRxiv

Human skin microbiome

Preprint: Anatomy promotes neutral coexistence of strains in the human skin microbiome – Conwill et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Gene- and genome-centric dynamics shape the diversity of oral bacterial populations – Utter et al. – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

Preprint: Two microbiota subtypes identified in Irritable Bowel Syndrome with distinct responses to the low-FODMAP diet – Vervier et al. – bioRxiv

Strain engraftment competition and functional augmentation in a multi-donor fecal microbiota transplantation trial for obesity – Wilson et al. – Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Soil origin and plant genotype structure distinct microbiome compartments in the model legume Medicago truncatula – Brown et al. – Microbiome

Preprint: A novel dual enrichment strategy provides soil- and digestate-competent N2O-respiring bacteria for mitigating climate forcing in agriculture – Jonassen et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Temporal dynamics of microbial transcription in wetted hyperarid desert soils – León-Sobrino et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Metagenomic sequencing for rapid identification of Xylella fastidiosa from leaf samples – Roman-reyna et al. – BioRxiv

Preprint: Pseudomonas arenae sp. nov., Pseudomonas glycinis sp. nov. and Pseudomonas harudinis sp. nov., three novel bacterial species and plant endophytes – Seaton et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Phage-resistant bacteria reveal a role for potassium in root colonization – Tzipilevich & Benfey – bioRxiv

Metagenomic analysis reveals the shared and distinct features of the soil resistome across tundra, temperate prairie, and tropical ecosystems – Qian et al. – Microbiome

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

Potential and expression of carbohydrate utilization by marine fungi in the global ocean – Baltar et al. – Microbiome

Preprint: Syntrophic H2 production enhances the performance of primarily acetate-supplemented reactors treating sulphate contaminated solutions – Hessler et al. – bioRxiv

May 12, 2021

Good morning all! Today’s digest includes two articles discussing the role of the local tissue microbiome in cancer. In the first, Zhu et al. explore the relationship between the intratumor microbiome, immune cell infiltration, and patient survival in the context of melanoma. The second study by Wilkie et al. examines how lipopolysaccharide produced by the commensal breast microbiota impacts cancer growth.

Additionally, there is a paper by Radojević et al. in which the authors found an association between the fecal microbiota and immunogenicity of peripheral blood monocyte-derived dendritic cells in healthy donors; a study by Kim et al. showing that diet and microbiome derived amino acids impact gut enterocyte communication with the brain in Drosophila; and a paper by Tandon et al. investigating the impact of the reciprocal transplantation of water from the surface and bottom of lakes with different trophic states on microbial community composition and function.

Pregnancy and Early-Life
Metagenomic analysis of mother-infant gut microbiome reveals global distinct and shared microbial signatures. – Wang, S. et al., Gut Microbes.

Human Nearly-Sterile Sites
Intratumour microbiome associated with the infiltration of cytotoxic CD8+ T cells and patient survival in cutaneous melanoma. – Zhu, G. et al., European Journal of Cancer Research.

Lipopolysaccharide from the commensal microbiota of the breast enhances cancer growth: role of S100A7 and TLR4. – Wilkie, T. et al., Molecular Oncology.

Human Gut Microbiome
Intestinal microbiota influences clinical outcome and side effects of early breast cancer treatment. – Terrisse, S. et al., Cell Death & Differentiation.

Fecal microbiota composition associates with the capacity of human peripheral blood monocytes to differentiate into immunogenic dendritic cells in vitro. – Radojević, D. et al., Gut Microbes.

Substrate‐driven differences in tryptophan catabolism by gut microbiota and Aryl hydrocarbon Receptor activation. – Huang, Z. et al., Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.

Human Oral Microbiome
The evolution and changing ecology of the African hominid oral microbiome. – Fellows Yates, J.A. et al., PNAS.

Animal Experiments
Response of the microbiome-gut-brain axis in Drosophila to amino acid deficit. – Kim, B. et al., Nature.

Coadaptation between host genome and microbiome under long-term xenobiotic-induced selection. – Wang, G-H. et al., Science Advances.

Predicted Metabolic Function of the Gut Microbiota of Drosophila melanogaster. – Ankrah, N.Y.D. et al., mSystems.

Animal Microbiome
The microbiome of deep-sea fish reveals new microbial species and a sparsity of antibiotic resistance genes. – Collins, F.W.J. et al., Gut Microbes.

Insect Microbiome
Compartmentalization of bacterial and fungal microbiomes in the gut of adult honeybees. – Callegari, M. et al., npj Biofilms Microbiomes.

Seasonal Dynamics of the Honey Bee Gut Microbiota in Colonies Under Subtropical Climate. – Castelli, L. et al., Microbial Ecology.

Plant, Root, and Soil Microbiome
Impact of cropping systems on the functional diversity of rhizosphere microbial communities associated with maize plant: a shotgun approach. – Fadiji, A.E. et al., Archive of Microbiology.

Water and Extremophile Microbiome
Meta-transcriptomic profiling of functional variation of freshwater microbial communities induced by an antidepressant sertraline hydrochloride. – Cui, H. et al., Science of the Total Environment.

Aquatic microbial community is partially functionally redundant: Insights from an in situ reciprocal transplant experiment. – Tandon, K. et al., Science of the Total Environment.

Towards enhancing coral heat tolerance: a “microbiome transplantation” treatment using inoculations of homogenized coral tissues. – Doering, T. et al., Microbiome.

Built Environment
The Bacterial Community Diversity of Bathroom Hot Tap Water Was Significantly Lower Than That of Cold Tap and Shower Water. – Zhang, C. et al., Frontiers in Microbiology.

A Protocol for Teaching Basic Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Analysis Skills to Undergraduate Students Using Bash and R. – Fondi, M. & Bacci, G., Bacterial Pangenomics.

Microdroplet-based system for culturing of environmental microorganisms using FNAP-sort. – Saito, K. et al., Scientific Reports.

May 8th, 2021

Hyvää Päivää from Helsinki, Finland ! Today’s digest contains a variety of interesting papers, in particular in bioinformatics! I recommend anyone interesting in metagenomic read classification to take a look at the benchmark study by Arizmendi Cardenas and collaborators. They compared read-based taxonomic classification tools on their capacity to handle ancient DNA sequences, characterized by a higher mutation rate and shorter sequences.

This digest also contains a very good review on the current state of the art network analysis methods for exploring interaction in complex microbial communities.

Finally, today’s non-microbiology pick is a piece exploring the current challenges and limitations for the annotation of microbiome dataset with high-quality metadata.

Have a great Weekend!

Human gut microbiome

Systematic Review: The Gut Microbiome and Its Potential Clinical Application in Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Aldars-Garcia et al. – Microorganisms

Animal experiments

Millet-based supplement restored gut microbial diversity of acute malnourished pigs – Li et al. – PLOS One

A mixture of quebracho and chestnut tannins drives butyrate-producing bacteria populations shift in the gut microbiota of weaned piglets – Miragoli et al. – PLOS One

Animal microbiome

Dynamic changes occur in the DNA gut virome of female cynomolgus macaques during aging – Tan et al. – Microbiology Open

Virome Diversity among Mosquito Populations in a Sub-Urban Region of Marseille, France – Nebbak et al. – Viruses

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Preprint: Mapping the microbial diversity and natural resistome of north Antarctica soils – Marcoleta et al. – BioRXiv

Community dynamics in rhizosphere microorganisms at different development stages of wheat growing in confined isolation environments – Ma et al. – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Book chapter: Bioprospecting Extreme Ecosystems Before They Vanish: The (Poorly Studied) Microbiology of Tropical Glaciers – Yarzabal – Extreme environment (CRC press)

Investigating variability in microbial community composition in replicate environmental DNA samples down lake sediment cores – Pearman et al. – PLOS One


Preprint: Benchmarking metagenomics classifiers on ancient viral DNA: a simulation study – Arizmendi Cardenas et al. – BioRXiv

Review: Network analysis methods for studying microbial communities: A mini review – Matchado et al. – Computational and sctructural Biotechnology Journal

Improving metagenomic binning results with overlapped bins using assembly graphs – Mallawaarachchi et al. – Algorithms for molecular biology

My non-microbiology picks

Preprint: Current challenges in microbiome metadata collection – Rosenfeld et al. – BioRXiv

April 26, 2021

Greetings from Pittsburgh! Today’s digest is preprint heavy. Topics include an optimized protocol for cyanobacterial 16S rRNA analysis, a panel of Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates, and more! Happy reading!

Events and jobs

The National Summer Undergraduate Research Project is looking for microbiology or computational immunology grad trainees, postdocs, staff scientists, and group leaders to serve as mentors for their summer program. Sign up here!

General microbiome

Preprint: A panel of diverse Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates for research and development – Lebreton et al. – bioRxiv

Pregnancy and early life

Preprint: Diet potentially drives the differentiation of eating behaviours via alterations to the gut microbiome in infants – Yan et al. – bioRxiv

Multi-site human microbiome

An atlas of the tissue and blood metagenome in cancer reveals novel links between bacteria, viruses and cancer – Borchmann – Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Preprint: Transcription of macromolecular N degrading genes provides a window into organic nitrogen decomposition in soil – Sieradzki et al. – bioRxiv

Built environment

Preprint: Microbial biomass, composition, and functions are responsible for the differential removal of trace organic chemicals in biofiltration systems – Cao et al. – bioRxiv
Microbes in space

Food microbiology

Preprint: Fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli originating on dairy farms are an infrequent cause of bacteriuria in humans living in the same geographical region – Mounsey et al. – bioRxiv


Preprint: Optimized protocol for Cyanobacterial 16S rRNA analysis in Danube Delta lakes – Moza & Postolache – bioRxiv

April 24th, 2021

Hyvää Päivää from Helsinki, Finland ! Today’s digest contains a wide range of topics to explore! I particularly recommend taking the time to read at the fascinating review listed below exploring horizontal gene transfer in environmental microbial communities. They describe how advances in the computational analysis of metagenomic data has allowed us to dive deeper in understanding these processes in microbiomes.

Among the list of very interesting research papers in this digest, you’ll find a fascinating study exploring the symbiotic microbial communities associated with deeper corals. Although extensive litterature has been published on coral microbiomes from shallow waters, this papers is the first to examine microbial communities associated with the deep photosymbiotic corals, living at more than 150 m of depth!

Today’s non-microbiology pick is a really interesting paper from Faldelmola and collaborators reporting on the development by the Pan-African H3Africa Bioinformatics Network of two data portals for African genomic medicine and African microbiomes datasets. The paper explore how they lead a very successful 6-days hackathon allowing to efficiently develop these two important scientific ressources, but also how they build a collaborative community of African researchers and experts.

Have a great Weekend!

General microbiome

Review: Examining horizontal gene transfer in microbial communities – Brito – Nature reviews microbiology

Preprint: Evidence for a billion-years arms race between viruses, virophages and eukaryotes – Barreat and Katzourakis – BioRxiV

Unifying community detection across scales from genomes to landscapes – Hudon et al. – Oikos

Human gut microbiome

Preprint: Adaptive ecological processes and metabolic independence drive microbial colonization and resilience in the human gut – Watson et al. – BioRxiV

Animal experiments

Diversity and characteristics of raw milk microbiota from Korean dairy farms using metagenomic and culturomic analysis – Ryu et al. – Food control

Animal microbiome

Preprint: Reclassification of seven honey bee symbiont strains as Bombella apis – Smith et al. – BioRxiV

Symbiotic associations of the deepest recorded photosynthetic scleractinian coral (172 m depth) – Rouzé et al. – ISME Journal

Metagenomic shotgun sequencing reveals host species as an important driver of virome composition in mosquitoes – Thongsripong et al. – Scientific reports

Water and extremophile microbiome

Aerobic and anaerobic iron oxidizers together drive denitrification and carbon cycling at marine iron-rich hydrothermal vents – McAllister et al. – ISME Journal

Microbial niche differentiation explains nitrite oxidation in marine oxygen minimum zones – Sun et al. – ISME Journal

Morphological complexity affects the diversity of marine microbiomes – Lemay et al. – ISME Journal

Preprint: Abundance and Microbial Diversity from Surface to Deep Water Layers Over the Rio Grande Rise, South Atlantic – Ferreira et al. – BioRxiV


Supervised extraction of near-complete genomes from metagenomic samples: A new service in PATRIC – Parrello et al. – Plos One

A roadmap for metagenomic enzyme discovery – Robinson et al. – Natural Product Reports


Preprint: Synergistic effect of short- and long-read sequencing on functional meta-omics – Galata et al. – BioRxiV

My non-microbiology picks

H3ABioNet genomic medicine and microbiome data portals hackathon proceedings – Fadlelmola et al. – Database

April 2, 2021

Good morning and happy Friday!

In my last blog post I requested reader contributions and many of you reached out! Below are some of the highlights which include a commentary on phylogenetic core groups, a preprint on viral RNA methylation in Wolbachia, a database for the murine oral bacterial community, and a research article on fungal modification in the leaf-cutter ant fungal garden ecosystem.

Events and jobs

Biological Sciences Laboratory Instructor Position at Smith College in Northampton, MA

General microbiome

***Commentary: Phylogenetic Core Groups: a promising concept in search of a consistent methodological framework – Pascual-García – Microbiome

Animal microbiome

***Preprint: Differential viral RNA methylation contributes to pathogen blocking in Wolbachia-colonized arthropod – Bhattacharya et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Isolation and characterization of a novel Wolbachia bacteriophage from Allonemobius socius crickets in Missouri – Fischer et al. – bioRxiv

***From plants to ants: Fungal modification of leaf lipids for nutrition and communication in the leaf-cutter ant fungal garden ecosystem – Khadempour et al. – mSystems

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Preprint: Experimental evolution-driven identification of Arabidopsis rhizosphere competence genes in Pseudomonas protegens – Zhang et al. – bioRxiv

Built environment

Metagenomic profile of microbial communities in a drinking water storage tank sediment after sequential exposure to monochloramine, free chlorine, and monochloramine – Gomez-Alvarez et al. – ACS EST Water


***A 16S rRNA gene and draft genome database for the murine oral bacterial community – Joesph et al. – mSystems

March 28th, 2021

Hyvää Päivää from Helsinki, Finland ! Today’s digest contains quite a lot of different topics. If you are interested in marine microbiology and virology, I recommend taking a look at the paper by Gazitúa and collaborators. In this study they investigated the role of phages in shaping the metabolism metabolic networks along redox gradients associated with marine oxygen minimum zones. To do so, they investigated the phage contents in auxiliary metabolic genes involved in bacterial photosynthesis, central carbon metabolism, and nutrient cycling.  

Today’s non-microbiology pick is a web-platform, called Sysrev, built to aid in systematic evidence reviews. Sysrev contains thousands of Findable, Accessible, Iteroperable and Reusable (FAIR) datasets from a large variety of disciplines.

Have a great Sunday!

Human gut microbiome

Preprint: Fecal microbiome of children with norovirus gastroenteritis – Merces Hernandez et al. – bioRxiv 

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Preprint: Eukaryotic rather than prokaryotic microbiomes change over seasons in rewetted fen peatlands – Wang et al. – bioRxiv 

Plant part and a steep environmental gradient predict plant microbial composition in a tropical watershed. – Bernard et al. – ISME J

Distribution patterns of Acidobacteriota in different fynbos soils – Conradie and Jacobs – PLOS

Water and extremophile microbiome

Preprint: Epidemiological dynamics of viral infection in a marine pico-eukaryote – Listmann et al. – bioRxiv  

Preprint: A deep-sea sulfate reducing bacterium directs the formation of zero-valent sulfur via sulfide oxidation – Liu et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Integrated multi-omics investigations reveal the key role of synergistic microbial networks in removing plasticizer di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate from estuarine sediments – Ting-Shyang Wei et al. – bioRxiv  

Time-series transcriptomics from cold, oxic subseafloor crustal fluids reveals a motile, mixotrophic microbial community – Seyler et al. – ISME J

Food microbiology

Preprint: Biofilm-forming capacity of Escherichia coli isolated from cattle and beef packing plants: relation to virulence attributes, stage of processing, antimicrobial interventions, and heat tolerance – Stanford et al. – bioRxiv

Phages and viruses

Potential virus-mediated nitrogen cycling in oxygen-depleted oceanic waters – Gazitúa et al. – ISME J


Umibato: estimation of time-varying microbial interaction using continuous-time regression hidden Markov model
Shion et al. – bioRxiv

My non-microbiology picks

Preprint: Sysrev: A FAIR Platform For Data Curation And Systematic Evidence Review – Bozada et al. – bioRxiv

March 18, 2021

Greetings from Pittsburgh!

Today’s digest has a lot of food and agriculture associated articles. Several articles focus on the effects of various pathogens on dairy cows, beef steers, and poultry breeds! For those of us who are more interested in plants, there is an article on biogas production from tomato waste and a preprint on how the microbial community of food waste changes during the composting process. Finally, I included a research article about social media during the pandemic since I’m sure I’m not the only one who has relied on it a little too heavily over the last year…

Happy reading!

General microbiome

Preprint: Toward quantifying the adaptive role of bacterial pangenomes during environmental perturbations – Conrad et al. – bioRxiv

BlueFeather, the singleton that wasn’t: Shared gene content analysis supports expansion of Arthrobacter phage Cluster FE – Demo et al. – PLOS ONE

Review: The gut microbiota–brain axis in behaviour and brain disorders – Morais et al. – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Preprint: Cross-species evolutionary rewiring in the enteric bacterium Campylobacter – Taylor et al. – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiota profiles in diarrheic patients with co-occurrence of Clostridioides difficile and Blastocystis – Vega et al. – PLOS ONE

Animal experiments

Preprint: Low pathogenic avian influenza virus infection retards colon microbiome diversification in two different chicken lines – Chrzastek et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Borrelia infection in rodent host has dramatic effects on the microbiome of ticks – Hamilton et al. – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

Preprint: The discovery, distribution and diversity of DNA viruses associated with Drosophila melanogaster in Europe – Wallace et al. – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Effects of precipitation change and nitrogen addition on the composition, diversity, and molecular ecological network of soil bacterial communities in a desert steppe – Jia et al. – PLOS ONE

Preprint: Changes and composition of microbial community during aerobic composting of household food waste – Jin et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: What’s under the Christmas tree? Soil acidification alters fir tree rhizosphere bacterial and eukaryotic communities, their interactions, and functional traits – Steven et al. – bioRxiv

A comparative analysis of biogas production from tomato bio-waste in mesophilic batch and continuous anaerobic digestion systems – Szilágyi et al. – PLOS ONE

Food microbiology

Red seaweed (Asparagopsis taxiformis) supplementation reduces enteric methane by over 80 percent in beef steers – Roque et al. – PLOS ONE

Prevalence and distribution of multilocus sequence types of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from bulk tank milk and cows with mastitis in Pennsylvania – Thomas et al. – PLOS ONE

Multidrug-resistant enterobacteria in newborn dairy calves in Germany – Waade et al. – PLOS ONE

Phages and viruses

Review: Viral and host heterogeneity and their effects on the viral life cycle – Jones et al. – Nature Review Microbiology


Dcmd: Distance-based classification using mixture distributions on microbiome data – Shestopaloff et al. – PLOS Computational Biology

Kara’s non-microbiology pick

Don’t put all social network sites in one basket: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and their relations with well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic – Masciantonio et al. – PLOS ONE