January 15, 2019

Highlights today include the organisms in the healthy infant intestinal microbiome that protect against food allergy, an algorithm to predict aging based on the gut microbiome, and how bacteria adapt to life on the International Space Station. Enjoy!

Pregnancy and early life
Healthy infants harbor intestinal bacteria that protect against food allergy – Taylor Feehley – Nature Medicine

Human gut microbiome
Preprint: Human microbiome aging clocks based on deep learning and tandem of permutation feature importance and accumulated local effects – Fedor Galkin – bioRxiv
(Covered in popular press as Your Gut Microbiome Could Actually Reveal Your Age, Study Shows)

Preprint: The virome in adult monozygotic twins with concordant or discordant gut microbiomes – J. Leonardo Moreno-Gallego – bioRxiv

Human nearly-sterile sites
Review: Microbiome–metabolome reveals the contribution of gut–kidney axis on kidney disease – Yuan-Yuan Chen – Journal of Translational Medicine

Animal experiments
Lactobacillus sakei Alleviates High-fat Diet-induced Obesity and Anxiety in Mice by Inducing AMPK Activation and SIRT1 Expression and Inhibiting Gut Microbiota-mediated NF-κB Activation – Hyo-Min Jang – Molecular Nutrition and Food Research

Aqueous raw and ripe Pu-erh tea extracts alleviate obesity and alter cecal microbiota composition and function in diet-induced obese rats – Yun Xia – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Impact of intramammary inoculation of inactivated Lactobacillus rhamnosus and antibiotics on the milk microbiota of water buffalo with subclinical mastitis – Carlotta Catozzi – PLOS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Superior dispersal ability can lead to persistent ecological dominance throughout succession – Primrose J. Boynton – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium Pseudomonas PS01 induces salt tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana – Thanh Nguyen Chu – BMC Research Notes

Diversity analysis of the rhizospheric and endophytic bacterial communities of Senecio vulgaris L. (Asteraceae) in an invasive range – Dandan Cheng – PeerJ\

Antifungal potential of bacterial rhizosphere isolates associated with three ethno-medicinal plants (poppy, chamomile, and nettle) – Marija Mojicevic – International Microbiology

Analysis of uranium removal capacity of anaerobic granular sludge bacterial communities under different initial pH conditions – Taotao Zeng – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Water and extremophile microbiomes
An interspecies malate–pyruvate shuttle reconciles redox imbalance in an anaerobic microbial community – Po-Hsiang Wang – The ISME Journal

Bacterial community assembly in a typical estuarine marsh with multiple environmental gradients – Zhiyuan Yao – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Effects of salinity on microbialite-associated production in Great Salt Lake, Utah – Melody R. Lindsay – Ecology

Preprint: Capturing the Diversity of Subsurface Microbiota – Choice of Carbon Source for Microcosm Enrichment and Isolation of Groundwater Bacteria – Xiaoqin Wu – bioRxiv

Genetic Evidence for Two Carbon Fixation Pathways (the Calvin-Benson-Bassham Cycle and the Reverse Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle) in Symbiotic and Free-Living Bacteria – Maxim Rubin-Blum – mSphere

Techniques
Generation of 13C-labeled MUC5AC mucin oligosaccharides for stable isotope probing of host-associated microbial communities – Clayton Evert – ACS Infectious Diseases

Transomics data-driven, ensemble kinetic modeling for system-level understanding and engineering of the cyanobacteria central metabolism – Hiroki Nishiguchi – Metabolic Engineering

Built environment/Microbes in Space
Pangenomic Approach To Understanding Microbial Adaptations within a Model Built Environment, the International Space Station, Relative to Human Hosts and Soil – Ryan A. Blaustein – mSystems
(Covered in the popular press as Good news: space bacteria (probably) aren’t evolving to destroy us)

Science, publishing, and career
Preprint: Tracking the popularity and outcomes of all bioRxiv preprints – Richard J. Abdill – bioRxiv

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January 11, 2019

General Microbiome

A great-ape view of the gut microbiome.Nishida AH. Nature Reviews Genetics

Relative reduction of biological and phylogenetic diversity of the oral microbiota of diabetes and pre-diabetes patients. Saeb ATM. Microbial Pathogenesis

Dietary modulation of the microbiome as therapy.Bernard NJ. Nature Reviews Rheumatology

Costless metabolic secretions as drivers of interspecies interactions in microbial ecosystems.Pacheco AR. Nature Communications

Low-moisture food matrices as probiotic carriers. Marcial-Coba MS . FEMS Microbiology Letters

REVIEW: Cross-Domain and Viral Interactions in the Microbiome.Rowan-Nash AD. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews

The respiratory microbiome and susceptibility to influenza virus infection. Lee KH. PLoS One

Food Microbiome

Metagenomic profiles of different types of Italian high-moisture Mozzarella cheese.Marino M. Food Microbiology

Gut Microbiome

Enhancement of the gut barrier integrity by a microbial metabolite through the Nrf2 pathway.Singh R. Nature Communications

Pilot study of probiotic/colostrum supplementation on gut function in children with autism and gastrointestinal symptoms.Sanctuary MR. PLoS One

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Alter the Microbiota and Exacerbate <i>Clostridium difficile</i> Colitis while Dysregulating the Inflammatory Response.Maseda D. mBio

Techniques/Resources

OTUX: V-region specific OTU database for improved 16S rRNA OTU picking and efficient cross-study taxonomic comparison of microbiomes. Yadav D. DNA Research

Streamlining standard bacteriophage methods for higher throughput.Kauffman KM. MethodsX

Indirect DNA extraction method suitable for acidic soil with high clay content. Högfors-Rönnholm E. MethodsX

DATABASE: The 26th annual Nucleic Acids Research database issue and Molecular Biology Database Collection.Rigden DJ. Nucleic Acid Research

Animal Experiments and Microbiome

Effect of the Nursing Mother on the Gut Microbiome of the Offspring During Early Mouse Development.Treichel NS. Microbial Ecology

Delayed differentiation of vaginal and uterine microbiomes in dairy cows developing postpartum endometritis.Miranda-CasoLuengo R. PLoS One.

Seabird and pinniped shape soil bacterial communities of their settlements in Cape Shirreff, Antarctica.Ramírez-Fernández L. PLoS One

Use of 16S rRNA gene sequencing for prediction of new opportunistic pathogens in chicken ileal and cecal microbiota.Kollarcikova M. Poultry Science

Whole rumen metagenome sequencing allows classifying and predicting feed efficiency and intake levels in cattle.Delgado B. Scientific  Reports

 

Marine and Inland Waters

Diversity and Composition of Pelagic Prokaryotic and Protist Communities in a Thin Arctic Sea-Ice Regime.de Sousa AGG. Microbial Ecology

Stratification, nitrogen fixation, and cyanobacterial bloom stage regulate the planktonic food web structure.Loick-Wilde N. Global Change Biology

Analysis of viral and bacterial communities in groundwater associated with contaminated land.Costeira R. Science of the Total Environment

Plant, Soil, and Air Microbiome

The known and the unknown in soil microbial ecology. Baldrian P. FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

Genomic analysis of bacteria in the Acute Oak Decline pathobiome.Doonan J. Microbial Genomics.

Glutathione S-Transferase Enzymes in Plant-Pathogen Interactions.Gullner G. Frontiers in Plant Science

A comparative metagenomic and spectroscopic analysis of soils from an international point of entry between the US and Mexico.  Cota-Ruiz K. Environmental International

Metagenome tracking biogeographic agroecology: Phytobiota of tomatoes from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and California. Ottesen A. Food Microbiology

Temporal Dynamics of Bacterial Communities in Soil and Leachate Water After Swine Manure Application.Rieke EL. Frontiers of Microbiology

September 17, 2018

In today’s Microbiome Digest, look for rhizobacteria that affect plant size, methanogenesis in salt marsh sediments, a murine model for periodontitis, and an exciting preprint that identifies a microbiome in dinosaur bones! Plus, as bonus non-microbiology topics, we consider authorship norms across different disciplines and how forensics might work on Mars.

General Microbiome
(preprint) Life Inside A Dinosaur Bone: A Thriving Microbiome – Evan Thomas Saitta – bioRxiv

Metabolic Interactions of a Chain Elongation Microbiome – Wenhao Han – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Human Gut Microbiome
Passing the “Acid Test”: Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Affect the Composition of the Microbiome? – Tien Dong – Digestive Diseases and Sciences

The gastric mucosal-associated microbiome in patients with gastric polyposis – Rongrong Ren – Scientific Reports

Animal Experiments
An experimental murine model to study periodontitis – Julie Marchesan – Nature Protocols

The gut microbiota promotes hepatic fatty acid desaturation and elongation in mice – Alida Kindt – Nature Communications

Animal Microbiome
Global Networks of Symbiodinium-Bacteria Within the Coral Holobiont – Rachele Bernasconi – Microbial Ecology

(preprint) Gut microbial compositions mirror caste-specific diets in a major lineage of eusocial insects – Saria Otani -bioRxiv

Plant, Root, and Soil Microbiome
Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria promote plant size inequality – Alan C. Gange – Scientific Reports

Diversity of active viral infections within the Sphagnum microbiome – Joshua MA Stough – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

The impact of high throughput sequencing on plant health diagnosticsThe impact of high throughput sequencing on plant health diagnostics – Ian Adams -European Journal of Plant Pathology

Deltaproteobacteria (Pelobacter) and Methanococcoides are responsible for choline-dependent methanogenesis in a coastal saltmarsh sediment – Eleanor Jameson – ISME Journal

Water and Extremophile Microbiome
Living at the frontiers of life: extremophiles in Chile and their potential for bioremediation – Roberto Orellana – Frontiers in Microbiology

Spatial structuring of bacterial communities in epilithic biofilms in the Acquarossa river (Italy) – Carolina Chiellini – FEMS Microbial Ecology

Bioinformatics
A small‐sample kernel association test for correlated data with application to microbiome association studies – Xiang Zhan – Genetic Epidemiology

Science, Publishing, and Career
Thousands of scientists publish a paper every five days – John P. A. Ioannidis – Nature

Alyson’s Non-Microbiology Picks
Sensing with tools extends somatosensory processing beyond the body – Luke E. Miller- Nature

How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars? – Geoff Manaugh – The Atlantic

Lab photo stock fun: Pipetting Sideways

The Verge had a fun article by Rachel Becker on Thursday about funny science stock photos called “Stock photos of scientists reveal that science is mostly about staring – 
Sometimes at chickens“.

In case you did not know, I made a whole collection of these on this blog – brought together on this page: Lab Stock Photo Fails.

And it made me realize that it was time for a new installment of this series. Today, let’s focus on some great ways to pipet sideways. Because gravity is so over-rated.

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January 14, 2018

Today’s digest features brilliant ‘Letters to the Editors’ articles in response to recently published works, and concise microbiome reviews. Lastly, an improved method for assembly of functional metagenomes.

Gut Microbiome

Letters to the Editor: Navigating the Microbiota Seas: Triangulation Finds a Way Forward. Rosen, CE. Cell Host & Microbe.

Perturbations of the gut microbiome genes in infants with atopic dermatitis according to feeding type. Lee, M-J. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Insect Microbiome

REVIEW: Functional roles and metabolic niches in the honey bee gut microbiota. Bonilla-Rosso, G. Current Opinion in Microbiology

Letters to the Editor: Insect Gut Microbiota: Accessories to the Bite. Aksoy, S. Cell Host & Microbe

Animal Experiments and Microbiome

Characterisation of the intestinal microbial communities of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) fed with Hermetia illucens (black soldier fly) partially defatted larva meal as partial dietary protein source. Bruni, L. Aquaculture

REVIEW: Gastrointestinal tract (gut) health in the young pig. Pluske, JR. Animal Nutrition

Plant, soil, and water Microbiome

Deciphering the bacterial and fungal communities in clubroot-affected cabbage rhizosphere treated with Bacillus Subtilis XF-1. Liu, C. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

REVIEW:Rhizospheric microorganisms as a solution for the recovery of soils contaminated by petroleum: A review. Janzen dos Santos, J. Journal of Environmental Management.

Food Microbiome

Different temperatures select distinctive acetic acid bacteria species and promotes organic acids production during Kombucha tea fermentation. De Filippis. Food Microbiology

Techniques/Protocol

REVIEW: Fluorescence activated cell-sorting principles and applications in microalgal biotechnology. Pereira, H. Algal Research

A-GAME: improving the assembly of pooled functional metagenomics sequence data. Chiara, M. BMC Genomics

Microbes in the News

Research Says Exercise Also Improves Your Gut Bacteria

-Healthline

January 11, 2018

Today’s Microbiome Digest is quite long, since it contains alerts from two days. There are many interesting articles in Gut, Plant and Water Microbiome Sections. Interesting review to highlight is from L. Tipton about lung mycobiome  and the one from D. Rose Ewald about human microbiota. Today we also have quite few articles about viruses, among which P.C. Hsu revails gene targets of Ebola virus microRNAs involved in the human skin microbiome,  S. S. Jagdale reports on  mutualistic interactions of viruses with lower eukaryotes and C. Winter explains how mixing alters the lytic activity of viruses in the dark ocean.

General microbiome

Complete genomic characterisation of two Escherichia coli lineages responsible for a cluster of carbapenem resistant infections in a Chinese hospital – Zhiyong Zong – bioRxiv

Geometrical Distribution of Cryptococcus neoformans Mediates Flower-Like Biofilm Development – William Lopes – Frontiers in Microbiology

Pregnancy and early life

Editorial: The Neonatal Immune System: A Unique Host-Microbial Interface – Joseph M. Bliss – Frontiers in Pediatrics

Modeling Metabolic Interactions in a Consortium of the Infant Gut Microbiome – Francisco Pinto – Frontiers in Microbiology

Gene-trait matching across the Bifidobacterium longum pan-genome reveals considerable diversity in carbohydrate catabolism among human infant strains – Silvia Arboleya – Genomics

Early-life gut microbiome and egg allergy – Mina Fazlollahi – Allergy

Human respiratory microbiome

Perspective: Fungal Microbiota in Chronic Airway Inflammatory Disease and Emerging Relationships with the Host Immune Response – Irene Zhang – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbiome and asthma – Milena Sokolowska – Asthma Research and Practice

Review: The lung mycobiome in the next-generation sequencing era – Laura Tipton – Virulence

The lung tissue microbiota of mild and moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – Alexa A. Pragman – Microbiome

 Oral microbiome

Profiling of subgingival plaque biofilm microbiota in female adult patients with clear aligners: a three-month prospective study – Runzhi Guo – PeerJ

Ecological Approaches to Dental Caries Prevention: Paradigm Shift or Shibboleth? – Nebu Philip  – Caries Research

Human skin microbiome

On revealing the gene targets of Ebola virus microRNAs involved in the human skin microbiome – Pei-Chun Hsu – PeerJ

Temporal Variation of the Skin Bacterial Community and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Infection in the Terrestrial Cryptic Frog Philoria loveridgei – Mariel Familiar López – Frontiers in Microbiology

Human vaginal microbiome

Microbiota-based analysis reveals specific bacterial traits and a novel strategy for the diagnosis of infectious infertility – Simon Graspeuntner – PLOS One

Human nearly-sterile sites 

Culture-independent analysis of liver abscess using nanopore sequencing – Liang Gong – PLOS One

Human gut microbiome

The Gut Microbiome and Control of Weight Gain – Anita L. Kozyrskyj – Pediatric Obesity

Immunosuppressive effect of the gut microbiome altered by high-dose tacrolimus in mice – Z. Zhang – American Journal of Transplatation

Review: Human microbiota, blood group antigens, and disease – D. Rose Ewald – WIREs

Microbiome, Immunomodulation, and the Neuronal System – Eric Marietta – Neurotherapeutics

Editorial: Improve gut microbiome: a new horizon of cancer therapy – Hiroshi Fukui – Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition

The Gut Microbiome and Multiple Sclerosis – Javier Ochoa-Repáraz – Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine

Genomic diversity and distribution of Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum across the human lifespan – Toshitaka Odamaki – Scientific Reports

Dynamics of metatranscription in the inflammatory bowel disease gut microbiome – Melanie Schirmer – Nature Microbiology

Links between Dietary Protein Sources, the Gut Microbiota, and Obesity – Lise Madsen – Frontiers in Physiology

Ceftriaxone promotes the emergence of AmpC-overproducing Enterobacteriaceae in gut microbiota from hospitalized patients – Victoire de Lastours – European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Functional analysis of arginine decarboxylase gene speA of Bacteroides dorei by markerless gene deletion – Mikiyasu Sakanaka – FEMS Microbiology Letters

SadA-Expressing Staphylococci in the Human Gut Show Increased Cell Adherence and Internalization – Arif Luqman – Cell Reports

Gut microbiome populations are associated with structure-specific changes in white matter architecture – Irene M. Ong – Translational Psychiatry

Spatiotemporally Heterogeneous Population Dynamics of Gut Bacteria Inferred from Fecal Time Series Data – Hidetoshi Inaminea – mBio

Animal experiments 

Identification of a protective B-cell epitope of the Staphylococcus aureus GapC protein by screening a phage-displayed random peptide library – Mengyao Wang – PLOS One

Lactobacillus plantarum CCFM10 alleviating oxidative stress and restoring the gut microbiota in D-galactose-induced aging mice – Jichun Zhao – Food and Function

Effect of dark sweet cherry powder consumption on the gut microbiota, short-chain fatty acids, and biomarkers of gut health in obese db/db mice – Jose F. Garcia-Mazcorro – PeerJ

Dietary Corn Bran Fermented by Bacillus subtilis MA139 Decreased Gut Cellulolytic Bacteria and Microbiota Diversity in Finishing Pigs – Ping Liu – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Intestinal and Systemic Immune Responses upon Multi-drug Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Colonization of Mice Harboring a Human Gut Microbiota – Eliane von Klitzing – Frontiers in Microbiology

Modulation of Intestinal Microbiome Prevents Intestinal Ischemic Injury – Alessandra Bertacco – Frontiers in Physiology

Animal microbiome 

Influence of fruit and invertebrate consumption on the gut microbiota of wild white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) – Elizabeth K. Mallott – American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Differential Ecological Specificity of Protist and Bacterial Microbiomes across a Set of Termite Species – Lena Waidele – Frontiers in Microbiology

Molecular identification and phylogenetic analysis of Bothrops insularis bacterial and fungal microbiota – Lidiane Nunes Barbosa – Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Diazotroph abundance and community composition in an acidic soil in response to aluminum-tolerant and aluminum-sensitive maize (Zea mays L.) cultivars under two nitrogen fertilizer forms – Chao Wang – Plant and Soil

The influence of microbial communities for triadimefon enantiomerization in soils with different pH values – Khaled Mohamed Ahmed Talab – Chirality

Antimony Redox Biotransformation in the Subsurface: Effect of Indigenous Sb(V) Respiring Microbiota – Liying Wang – Encironmental Science and Technology

Biostimulant Action of Protein Hydrolysates: Unraveling Their Effects on Plant Physiology and Microbiome – Giuseppe Colla – Frontiers in Plant Science

Inner Plant Values: Diversity, Colonization and Benefits from Endophytic Bacteria – Hongwei Liu – Frontiers in Microbiology

Bacillus amyloliquefaciens L-S60 Reforms the Rhizosphere Bacterial Community and Improves Growth Conditions in Cucumber Plug Seedling – Yuxuan Qin – Frontiers in Microbiology

Exploring the Microbiota of Faba Bean: Functional Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria – Michela Verni –  Frontiers in Microbiology

Contribution of Zinc Solubilizing Bacteria in Growth Promotion and Zinc Content of Wheat – Sana Kamran – Frontiers in Microbiology

Application of Endophytic Pseudomonas fluorescens and a Bacterial Consortium to Brassica napus Can Increase Plant Height and Biomass under Greenhouse and Field Conditions –  Richard D. Lally – Frontiers in Microbiology

Exploiting rhizosphere microbial cooperation for developing sustainable agriculture strategies – Yoann Besset-Manzoni – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Dynamics of oxygen and carbon dioxide in rhizospheres of Lobelia dortmanna – a planar optode study of belowground gas exchange between plants and sediment – Nikola Lenzewski – New Phytologist

Characterization of Microbial Communities in Acidified, Sulfur Containing Soils – Grzegorz Czerwonka – Polish Journal of Microbiology

Comparison of Microbial Communities Associated with Halophyte (Salsola stocksii) and Non-Halophyte (Triticum aestivum) Using Culture-Independent Approaches – Salma Mukhtar – Polish Journal of Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Data-mining of Antibiotic Resistance Genes Provides Insight into the Community Structure of Ocean Microbiome – Shiguang Hao – bioRxiv

Mixing alters the lytic activity of viruses in the dark ocean – Christian Winter – Ecology

Biological Characterization of Microenvironments in a Hypersaline Cold Spring Mars Analog – Haley M. Sapers – Frontiers in Microbiology

Patterns and Drivers of Vertical Distribution of the Ciliate Community from the Surface to the Abyssopelagic Zone in the Western Pacific Ocean – Feng Zhao – Frontiers in Microbiology

Aerobic and Anaerobic Methanotrophic Communities Associated with Methane Hydrates Exposed on the Seafloor: A High-Pressure Sampling and Stable Isotope-Incubation Experiment – David H. Case – Frontiers in Microbiology

A Multi-season Investigation of Microbial Extracellular Enzyme Activities in Two Temperate Coastal North Carolina Rivers: Evidence of Spatial but Not Seasonal Patterns – Avery Bullock – Frontiers in Microbiology

Functional Stability and Community Dynamics during Spring and Autumn Seasons Over 3 Years in Camargue Microbial Mats – Mercedes Berlanga – Frontiers in Microbiology

Oxygenation of Hypoxic Coastal Baltic Sea Sediments Impacts on Chemistry, Microbial Community Composition, and Metabolism – Elias Broman – Frontiers in Microbiology

Exploring the Cultivable Ectocarpus Microbiome – Hetty KleinJan – Frontiers in Microbiology

Phylogenetic Structure and Metabolic Properties of Microbial Communities in Arsenic-Rich Waters of Geothermal Origin – Simona Crognale – Frontiers in Microbiology

Prokaryotic Community Composition in Arctic Kongsfjorden and Sub-Arctic Northern Bering Sea Sediments As Revealed by 454 Pyrosequencing – Yin-Xin Zeng – Frontiers in Microbiology

Comparative Metagenomics Reveals the Distinctive Adaptive Features of the Spongia officinalis Endosymbiotic Consortium – Elham Karimi – Frontiers in Microbiology

Comparative genomics highlights symbiotic capacities and high metabolic flexibility of the marine genus Pseudovibrio  – Dennis Versluis – GBE Genome BIology and Evolution

Geobacteraceae are important members of mercury-methylating microbial communities of sediments impacted by waste water releases – Andrea G. Bravo – ISME

Dynamics of phytoplankton and heterotrophic bacterioplankton in the western tropical South Pacific Ocean along a gradient of diversity and activity of diazotrophs – France Van Wambeke – Biogeosciences

Microbial methanogenesis in the sulfate-reducing zone of sediments in the Eckernförde Bay, SW Baltic Sea – Johanna Maltby – Biogeosciences

Built environment

Control of corrosive bacterial community by bronopol in industrial water system – Jayaraman Narenkumar – 3 Biotech

A metaproteomics method to determine carbon sources and assimilation pathways of species in microbial communities –  Manuel Kleiner – bioRxiv

Uncovering the Potential of Termite Gut Microbiome for Lignocellulose Bioconversion in Anaerobic Batch Bioreactors – Lucas Auer – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbial Communities Shaped by Treatment Processes in a Drinking Water Treatment Plant and Their Contribution and Threat to Drinking Water Safety – Qi Li – Frontiers in Microbiology

Food microbiology

Development of novel quinoa-based yoghurt fermented with dextran producer Weissella cibaria MG1 – Emanuele Zannini – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Bacterial Community and Spoilage Profiles Shift in Response to Packaging in Yellow-Feather Broiler, a Highly Popular Meat in Asia – Huhu Wang – Frontiers in Microbiology

Metagenomic Profiling of the Bacterial Community Changes from Koji to Mash Stage in the Brewing of Soy Sauce – Hongbin Wang – Polish Journal of Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Probiotics or Pro-healers the Role of Beneficial Bacteria in Tissue Repair – Jovanka Lukic – Wound Reparation and Regeneration

Probiotic Lactobacillus sp. inhibit growth, biofilm formation and gene expression of caries-inducing Streptococcus mutans – Reham Wasfi – Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

A mixture of Lactobacillus species isolated from traditional fermented foods promote recovery from antibiotic-induced intestinal disruption in mice – Ying Shi – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Beneficial changes in rumen bacterial community profile in sheep and dairy calves as a result of feeding the probiotic Bacillus amyloliquefaciens H57 – Benjamin J Schofield – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Phages and viruses

Enemies with benefits: mutualistic interactions of viruses with lower eukaryotes – Shounak S. Jagdale – Archives of Virology

Biogeography & environmental conditions shape bacteriophage-bacteria networks across the human microbiome – Geoffrey D. Hannigan – bioRxiv

Investigation of prevalence of free Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC)-specific bacteriophages and its correlation with STEC bacterial hosts in a produce-growing area in Salinas, California – Yen-Te Liao – PLOS One

Component tree analysis of cystovirus φ6 nucleocapsid Cryo-EM single particle reconstructions – Lucas M. Oliveira – PLOS One

Bioinformatics

HTSSIP: An R package for analysis of high throughput sequencing data from nucleic acid stable isotope probing (SIP) experiments – Nicholas D. Youngblut – PLOS One

Biotechnology

Cyanobacterial diversity held in microbial biological resource centers as a biotechnological asset: the case study of the newly established LEGE culture collection – Vitor Ramos – Journal of Applied Phycology

Rapidly moving new bacteria to model-organism status – Hualan Liu – Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Techniques

Development of a biosensor protein bullet as a fluorescent method for fast detection of Escherichia coli in drinking water – Ignacio Gutiérrez-del-Río – PLOS One

Research Note: Methods for detecting Gemmata spp. bacteremia in the microbiology laboratory – Jacques-Robert Christen – BMS Genomics

A metaproteomics method to determine carbon sources and assimilation pathways of species in microbial communities – Manuel Kleiner – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news 

Gene/cell connection provides new insight into how our gut microbiome stays healthy

A powerful new weapon against drug-resistant bacteria was inspired by the human body

ASU developing biodegradable plastics made from bacteria

Pharmaceutical Pollution Drives Microbial Resistance in Urban Streams

Microbes and Art

This scientist creates ephemeral works of art with bioluminescent bacteria

January 7, 2018

Today’s digest is brief but full of fun and exciting news about microbes, including self-portraits of microbes on your skin and how AI (artificial intellegence) is used to identify bacteria.

Gut Microbiome

REVIEW: Gut as a target for cadmium toxicity. Tinkov, AA. Environmental Pollution

Plant, Soil, and Water Microbiome

Effects of short-term fallow managements on soil microbial properties: A case study in China. Li, G. Applied Soil Ecology

Animal Experiments and Microbiome

Environmental concentrations of antibiotics impair zebrafish gut health. Zhou, L. Environmental Pollution

Polystyrene microplastics induce microbiota dysbiosis and inflammation in the gut of adult zebrafish. Jin, Y. Environmental Pollution

Food Microbiome

REVIEW: Seafood spoilage microbiota and associated volatile organic compounds at different storage temperatures and packaging. Odeyemi, OA. International Journal of Food Microbiology.

Microbes in the NEWS

The Swab Test: Amount Of Bacteria On Touchscreens May Surprise You

-CBS Philly

Artificial intelligence used to identify bacteria

-Digital Journal

Physicists Solve the Biodiversity Arms-Race Paradox: “Kill the Winner”

-Inverse

A Self-Portrait of the Microbes that Live on our Skin

-Labiotech.eu (blog)

Microbiology Jobs

Part-Time Lab Technician II, Biology/Microbiology

-Inside Higher Ed Careers