June 25, 2017

Lots of interesting pre-prints in this post that might be worth following! Also a blog post on some cool science art with kombucha, as well as a lot of articles on rhizosphere-microbe interactions.

Events and jobs

Research Opportunities in Molecular Microbiology – Washington University in St. Louis

PhD scholarship in Metagenomics analysis and systems biology – Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

General microbiome

Microbiome yarns: microbial forensics for auditing provenance in global food chains – Timmis et al. – Microbial Biotechnology

Adjuncts and alternatives in the time of antibiotic resistance and in-feed antibiotic bans – Brüssow – Microbial Biotechnology

Human gut microbiome

Bacteria facilitate viral co-infection of mammalian cells and promote genetic recombination – Erickson et al. – bioRXiv

Chemical transformation of xenobiotics by the human gut microbiota – Koppel et al. – Science

Distinct gut microbiome patterns associate with consensus molecular subtypes of colorectal cancer – Purcell et al. – bioRXiv

Animal microbiome

Whole genome sequencing-based detection of antimicrobial resistance and virulence in non-typhoidal Salmonella enterica isolated from wildlife – Thomas et al. – bioRXiv

 

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Antagonism between two root-associated beneficial Pseudomonas strains does not affect plant growth promotion and induced resistance against a leaf-chewing herbivore – Pangesti et al. – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Bioelectrochemical approach for control of methane emission from wetlands – Liu et al. – Bioresource Technology

The biocontrol agent Pseudomonas chlororaphis PA23 primes Brassica napus defenses through distinct gene networks – Duke et al. – BMC Genomics

Delftia rhizosphaerae sp. nov. isolated from the rhizosphere of Cistus ladanifer – Carro et al. – International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

Synthesis and Secretion of Isoflavones by Field-Grown Soybean – Sugiyama et al. – Plant Cell Physiology

The Variation in the Rhizosphere Microbiome of Cotton with Soil Type, Genotype and Developmental Stage – Qiao et al. – Scientific Reports

Complete Genome Sequence of Bacillus paralicheniformis MDJK30, a Plant Growth -Promoting Rhizobacterium with Antifungal Activity – Wang et al. – Genome Anouncements

Extensive Overlap of Tropical Rainforest Bacterial Endophytes between Soil, Plant Parts, and Plant Species – Haruna et al. – Microbial Ecology

Phytoavailability of Cr in Silene vulgaris: The role of soil, plant genotype and bacterial rhizobiome – García-Gonzalez et al. – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Water and extremophile microbiome

Sulfolobus islandicus meta-populations in Yellowstone National Park hot springs – Campbell et al. – Environmental Microbiology

Bottled aqua incognita: Microbiota assembly and dissolved organic matter diversity in natural mineral waters – Lesaulnier et al. – bioRXiv

Techniques

Rapid whole genome amplification and sequencing of low cell numbers in a bacteraemia model – Anscombe et al. – bioRXiv

Microbes in the news

Do Probiotics Really Work? – Ferris Jabr – Scientific American

Fungi and bacteria team up in dental plaque – Evans – LabRoots

Scientists spy on the secret inner life of bacteria – Saey – Science News

Biofilms: The eradication has begun – McGill University Health Centre – Science Daily

Bacteria and Mental Health: Gut Bacteria Linked to Bipolar Disorder – Villamil – Medical News Bulletin

The Kombucha Craze Steps into Art and the Science of the Microbiome – Fernández – Labiotech

Microbes on the market

Global Microbiome Drugs Industry Market Research Report 2017 – Medgadget

June 23, 2017

Human Microbiome

Genome reconstruction and characterisation of extensively drug-resistant bacterial pathogens through direct metagenomic sequencing of human faeces – Mu et al. – BioRxiv

Oropharyngeal and Sputum Microbiomes Are Similar Following Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Liu et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

Segal’s Law, 16S rRNA gene sequencing, and the perils of foodborne pathogen detection within the American Gut Project – Pettengill & Rand – PeerJ

Unexplored diversity and strain-level structure of the skin microbiome associated with psoriasis – Tett et al. – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

Rosacea and its association with enteral microbiota in Korean females – Nam et al. – Experimental Dermatology

Review: The role of microbiota, and probiotics and prebiotics in skin health – Maguire & Maguire – Archives of Dermatological Research

Human age and skin physiology shape diversity and abundance of Archaea on skin – Moissl-Eichinger et al. – Scientific Reports

Microbial Signatures Associated with Oropharyngeal and Oral Squamous Cell Carcinomas – Banerjee et al. – Scientific Reports

 

Animal Microbiome

Gut Dysbiosis and Adaptive Immune Response in Diet-induced Obesity vs. Systemic Inflammation – Pindjakova et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

Characterization of the Microbiome along the Gastrointestinal Tract of Growing Turkeys Wilkinson et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

Diet-induced reconstruction of mucosal microbiota associated with alterations of epithelium lectin expression and regulation in the maintenance of rumen homeostasis – Shen et al. – Scientific Reports

Fatty acid composition and phospholipid types used in infant formulas modifies the establishment of human gut bacteria in germ-free mice –  Guldhammer Nejrup et al. – Scientific Reports

Microbiota-derived butyrate suppresses group 3 innate lymphoid cells in terminal ileal Peyer’s patches – Kim et al. – Scientific Reports

Early-life gut microbial colonization shapes Th1/Th2 balance in asthma model in BALB/c mice – Qin et al. – BMC Microbiology

The development of lower respiratory tract microbiome in mice – Singh et al. – Microbiome (BMC)

 

Pathogen research

Genetic indicators of drug resistance in the highly repetitive genome of Trichomonas vaginalis – Bradic et al. – Genome Biology and Evolution

Metabolic and fitness determinants for in vitro growth and intestinal colonization of the bacterial pathogen Campylobacter jejuni – Gao et al. – PLoS Biology

Review: Periodontal diseases – Kinane et al. – Nature Reviews Disease Primer

 

Soil and Water Microbiome

Culture-Independent Analyses Reveal Novel Anaerolineaceae as Abundant Primary Fermenters in Anaerobic Digesters Treating Waste Activated Sludge – McIlroy et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

Nitrogen enrichment impacts on boreal litter decomposition are driven by changes in soil microbiota rather than litter quality – Maaroufi et al. – Scientific Reports

 

Bioinformatics

CD-HIT-OTU-MiSeq, an Improved Approach for Clustering and Analyzing Paired End MiSeq 16S rRNA Sequences – Li et al. – BioRxiv

Divide and Conquer (DC) BLAST: fast and easy BLAST execution within HPC environments – Yim​ & Cushman – PeerJ

BGDMdocker: a Docker workflow for data mining and visualization of bacterial pan-genomes and biosynthetic gene clusters – Cheng et al. – PeerJ Preprints

 

Evolution

Phylogenetic Tracings of Proteome Size Support the Gradual Accretion of Protein Structural Domains and the Early Origin of Viruses from Primordial Cells – Nasir et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

Pan-genome and phylogeny of Bacillus cereus sensu lato – Bazinet – BioRxiv

TreeTime: maximum likelihood phylodynamic analysis – Sagulenko et al. – BioRxiv

 

Other

Review: Fungal and Bacterial Pigments: Secondary Metabolites with Wide Applications –  Morris et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

A Highly Efficient CRISPR-Cas9-Mediated Large Genomic Deletion in Bacillus subtilis – So et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

June 22, 2017

Effects of weight loss treatment on gut microbiota and serum metabolites, mouse gut microbiota can alter visceral sensitivity, a review discussing the microbiota’s ability to shape the maternal immune system.

Pregnancy and early life

Review: The unique immunological and microbial aspects of pregnancy – Gil Mor – Nature Reviews Immunology

Human oral microbiome

Review: Microbiome and Microbial Biofilm Profiles of Peri-Implantitis: A Systematic Review – Gloria Inés Lafaurie – Journal of Periodontology

Human gut microbiome

Bifidobacterium-Rich Fecal Donor May Be a Positive Predictor for Successful Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome – S Mizuno – Digestion

Microbiota in anorexia nervosa: The triangle between bacterial species, metabolites and psychological tests – Francesca Borgo – PLOS ONE

Animal experiments

Fructo-oligosaccharides and intestinal barrier function in a methionine–choline-deficient mouse model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis – Kotaro Matsumoto – PLOS ONE

Microbiota regulates visceral pain in the mouse – Pauline Luczynski – eLife

Metagenomic characterization of the effect of feed additives on the gut microbiome and antibiotic resistome of feedlot cattle – Milton Thomas – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

Combining ‘omics and microscopy to visualize interactions between the Asian citrus psyllid vector and the Huanglongbing pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus in the insect gut – Angela Kruse – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Application of struvite alters the antibiotic resistome in soil, rhizosphere, and phyllosphere – Qing-Lin Chen – Environmental Science & Technology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Synergistic hydrolysis of xylan using novel xylanases, β-xylosidases, and an α-l-arabinofuranosidase from Geobacillus thermodenitrificans NG80-2 – Di Huang – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Longitudinal variation of microbial communitiesin benthic biofilms and association with hydrological and physicochemical conditions in glacier-fed streams – Ze Ren – Freshwater Science

Control of Sulfide Production in High Salinity Bakken Shale Oil Reservoirs by Halophilic Bacteria Reducing Nitrate to Nitrite – Biwin A An – Frontiers in Microbiology

Phages and viruses

Viral and Bacterial Communities of Colorectal Cancer – Geoffrey D Hannigan – bioRxiv

Plasmids, Viruses, And Other Circular Elements In Rat Gut – Tue Sparholt Jørgensen – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

The metagenomic data life-cycle: standards and best practices – Petra ten Hoopen – GigaScience

PhylOligo: a package to identify contaminant or untargeted organism sequences in genome assemblies – Ludovic Mallet – Bioinformatics

Metabolomics

Gut microbiome and serum metabolome alterations in obesity and after weight-loss intervention – Ruixin Liu – Nature Medicine

Integrating Microbiome and Metabolome Data to Understand Infectious Airway Disease – Robert A Quinn – American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Coupling targeted and untargeted mass spectrometry for metabolome-microbiome-wide association studies of human fecal samples – Alexey V Melnik – Analytical Chemistry

Techniques

Incorporating comparative genomics into the Design-Test-Learn cycle of microbial strain engineering – Maria Sardi – FEMS Yeast Research

Different amplicon targets for sequencing-based studies of fungal diversity – Francesca De Filippis – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria – Sara Reardon – Nature

Microbes on the market

EnteroBiotix raises £500k in first round of equity funding – Philip Gates – Insider.co.uk

Microbiotica To Present At Microbiome Drug Development Summit – BioSpace

Bacteria art

MIT Researchers Use Light-Illuminated Bacteria to Make ‘Living’ Pictures – Kristin Fawcett – Mental Floss

The world’s art is under attack—by microbes – Kate Baggaley – Popular Science

Science, publishing, and career

Editorial: Don’t let Europe’s open-science dream drift – Nature

May 25, 2017

A review on the “vine and wine” microbiomes, a fungus that can infect and kill mosquitos through interaction with the gut microbiota, an introduction to the viruses of coral reefs.

General microbiome

The Role of Microbiota and Immunobiotics in Granulopoiesis of Immunocompromised Hosts – Susana Salva – Frontiers in Immunology

Successive range expansion promotes diversity and accelerates evolution in spatially structured microbial populations – Felix Goldschmidt – The ISME Journal

Human gut microbiome

TGF-β in inflammatory bowel disease: a key regulator of immune cells, epithelium, and the intestinal microbiota – Sozaburo Ihara – Journal of Gastroenterology

Review: Towards an Integrative Understanding of Diet–Host–Gut Microbiome Interactions – Mark N Read – Frontiers in Immunology

Review: Genes, emotions and gut microbiota: The next frontier for the gastroenterologist – Arturo Panduro – World Journal of Gastroenterology

Animal experiments

Modulation of the gut microbiota impacts non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a potential role for bile acids – Aafke WF Janssen – Journal of Lipid Research

Antimicrobial peptides extend lifespan in Drosophila – Gerrit Loch – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

Bacterial diversity of cosmopolitan Culex pipiens and invasive Aedes japonicus from Germany – Sina Zotzmann – Parasitology Research

Comparison of Microbiomes between Red Poultry Mite Populations (Dermanyssus gallinae): Predominance of Bartonella-like Bacteria – Jan Hubert – Microbial Ecology

* Insect pathogenic fungus interacts with the gut microbiota to accelerate mosquito mortality – Ge Wei – PNAS

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Leaf bacterial diversity mediates plant diversity and ecosystem function relationships – Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe – Nature

Alpine soil carbon is vulnerable to rapid microbial decomposition under climate cooling – Linwei Wu – The ISME Journal

Review: From Vineyard Soil to Wine Fermentation: Microbiome Approximations to Explain the “terroir” Concept – Ignacio Belda – Frontiers in Microbiology

Phages and viruses

Differentiation and Structure in Sulfolobus islandicus Rod-Shaped Virus Populations – Maria A Bautista – Viruses

Review: Virus–host interactions and their roles in coral reef health and disease – Rebecca Vega Thurber – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Metabolomics

Inter-individual Recovery of the Microbiota and Metabolome Over Time Following Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Patients with Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection – Anna M Seekatz – bioRxiv

Metabolic profiling by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry of energy metabolism in high-fat diet-fed obese mice – Daxesh P Patel – PLOS ONE

Review: Livestock metabolomics and the livestock metabolome: A systematic review – Seyed Ali Goldansaz – PLOS ONE

Techniques

Review: A diverse community to study communities: integration of experiments and mathematical models to study microbial consortia – Antonella Succurro – Journal of Bacteriology

More microbes

Decoding and reprogramming fungal iterative nonribosomal peptide synthetases – Dayu Yu – Nature Communications

Microbes in the news

Companies Pursue Diagnostics that Mine the Microbiome – Andrea Anderson – The Scientist

The fungal microbiome contributes to alcohol-induced liver damage in mice – EurekAlert

May 11, 2017

Gram-negative gut bacteria and Toll-like receptor 4 linked to stimulation of cerebral cavernous malformations, suppression of a single gene by the microbiota promotes T cell survival in mice, quorum sensing negatively regulates toxin production in insect-associated bacteria and may facilitate stable colonization.

General microbiome

Lactobacillus plantarum producing a Chlamydia trachomatis antigen induces a specific IgA response after mucosal booster immunization – Katarzyna Kuczkowska – PLoS ONE

Human oral microbiome

The dental calculus metabolome in modern and historic samples – Irina M Velsko – bioRxiv

Insights of the dental calculi microbiome of pre-Columbian inhabitants from Puerto Rico – Tasha M Santiago-Rodriguez – PeerJ

Arginine Improves pH Homeostasis via Metabolism and Microbiome Modulation – M Angelo – Journal of Dental Research

Human gut microbiome

Faecal Microbiota Transplantation for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis – Sudarshan Paramsothy – Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis

Significantly higher faecal counts of the yeasts candida and saccharomyces identified in people with coeliac disease – Joanna Harnett – Gut Pathogens

Research Highlight: Tooling up for microbiota research – Hugh Thomas – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Review: The gut microbiota: a key factor in the therapeutic effects of (poly)phenols – Juan Carlos Espín – Biochemical Pharmacology

Animal experiments

* Endothelial TLR4 and the microbiome drive cerebral cavernous malformations – Alan T Tang – Nature

* Microbiota promotes systemic T-cell survival through suppression of an apoptotic factor – Raymond Soto – PNAS

Bifidobacterium adolescentis IM38 ameliorates high-fat diet-induced colitis in mice by inhibiting NF-κB activation and lipopolysaccharide production by gut microbiota – Su-Min Lim – Nutrition Research

Tyrosine kinase inhibitors of Ripk2 attenuate bacterial cell wall-mediated lipolysis, inflammation and dysglycemia – Brittany M Duggan – Scientific Reports

Total fecal microbiota transplantation alleviates high-fat diet-induced steatohepatitis in mice via beneficial regulation of gut microbiota – Da Zhou – Scientific Reports

Animal microbiome

* Quorum Sensing Attenuates Virulence in Sodalis praecaptivus – Shinichiro Enomoto – Cell Host & Microbe

The digestive and defensive basis of carcass utilization by the burying beetle and its microbiota – Heiko Vogel – Nature Communications

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Antibacterial producing actinomycetes from Extra Andean Patagonia – M S Vela Gurovic – Journal of Arid Environments

High-throughput sequencing reveals bacterial community composition in the rhizosphere of the invasive plant Flaveria bidentis – Z Song – Weed Research

Microbiomes associated with infective stages of root-knot and lesion nematodes in soil – Ahmed Elhady – PLoS ONE

Review: Plant-insect-pathogen interactions: a naturally complex ménage à trois – Flávia P Franco – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Review: CuO and ZnO Nanoparticles Modify Interkingdom Cell Signaling Processes Relevant to Crop Production: A Review – Anne Anderson – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

The phosphotransferase system gene ptsi in Bacillus cereus regulates expression of soda2 and contributes to colonization of wheat roots – Tantan Gao – Research in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Review: Microbial processes driving coral reef organic carbon flow – Cynthia B Silveira – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Diversity of biocrust-forming cyanobacteria in a semiarid gypsiferous site from Central Spain – Concha Cano-Díaz – bioRxiv

Probiotics/prebiotics

Probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 Reduces Depression Scores and Alters Brain Activity: a Pilot Study in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Maria Ines Pinto-Sanchez – Gastroenterology

Bioinformatics

dbOTU3: A new implementation of distribution-based OTU calling – Scott W Olesen – PLoS ONE

MGmapper: Reference based mapping and taxonomy annotation of metagenomics sequence reads – Thomas Nordahl Petersen – PLoS ONE

Bioinformatics tools for quantitative and functional metagenome and metatranscriptome data analysis in microbes – Sheng-Yong Niu – Briefings on Bioinformatics

Techniques

Review: Imaging mass spectrometry for metabolites: technical progress, multimodal imaging, and biological interactions – Ying-Ning Ho – WIREs Systems Biology and Medicine

Live-Cell Nanoscopy in Antiadhesion Therapy – Joan A Geoghegan – Trends in Microbiology

Low concentration DNA extraction and recovery using a silica solid phase – Constantinos Katevatis – PLoS ONE

More microbes

When more is less: Emergent suppressive interactions in three-drug combinations – Casey Beppler – BMC Microbiology

Effects of stochasticity and division of labor in toxin production on two-strain bacterial competition in Escherichia coli – Benedikt von Bronk – PLoS Biology

Biosynthesis of the antibiotic nonribosomal peptide penicillin in baker’s yeast – Ali R Awan – Nature Communications

Microbes in the news

Cosmetics: The next microbiome frontier – Marc S Reisch – Chemical and Engineering News

A defence mechanism that can trap and kill TB bacteria – Science Daily

Is IBS All In Your Mind? New Study Hints at Close Ties Between the Brain and the Gut – Jessica Wapner – Newsweek

Bacteria art

Scientists ‘paint’ with bacteria, create microbial masterpieces – Tom Ensey – wistv.com

April 15, 2017

Few interesting articles for your Saturday morning digest:   Urbanization alters the physicochemical environment: A new study suggests that urban soil archaeal and bacterial communities are not vulnerable to biodiversity loss, whereas global diversity loss of ectomycorrhizal fungi was observed.  Researchers believe they have found a method of hunting for buried landmines and explosive devices using a combination of engineered bacteria and lasers.    And another reason to be engaged in sports activities: a study highlights differences of microbiota and secondary metabolites in elite athletes.

General microbiome

Remote detection of buried landmines using a bacterial sensor – Shimshon Belkin – Nature Biotech

Next-generation approaches to understand and combat the antibiotic resistome – Terence S. Crofts – Nature Reviews

Human Oral Microbiome

Microbiomes of the normal middle ear and ears with chronic otitis media – Shujiro B. Minami – Laryngoscope

Human gut microbiome

The microbiome of professional athletes differs from that of more sedentary subjects in composition and particularly at the functional metabolic level– Wiley Barton – Gut

The MS-Associated Gut Microbiome – Sergio E Baranzini – Multiple Sclerosis Journal

Mental Health

Oral treatment with Lactobacillus rhamnosus attenuates behavioral deficits and immune changes in chronic social stress – Aadil Bharwani – BMC Medicine

Animal microbiome

Complete Genome Sequence of Akkermansia glycaniphila Strain PytT, a Mucin-Degrading Specialist of the Reticulated Python Gut – Janneke P. Ouwerkerk – Genome Announcements

Water and extremophile microbiome

Spatial variation in bacterial community in natural wetland-river-sea ecosystems
Hongxia Zhang – J. of Basic Microbiology

Built environment

Urbanization erodes ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity and may cause microbial communities to converge – Dietrich JE Schmidt -Nature Ecology & Evolution

Prebiotics

Prebiotic evaluation of red seaweed (Kappaphycus alvarezii) using in vitro colon model – DM Bajury – International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition

April 13, 2017

Profiles of ulcerative colitis patients’ microbiota after fecal microbiota transplantation, a bioinformatics software package for rarefaction analysis, an artist who uses sweat and bacteria to create scents and sculptures.

General microbiome

Review: Microbial metabolites in nutrition, healthcare and agriculture – Rajendra Singh – 3 Biotech

Review: Modified Mediterranean Diet for Enrichment of Short Chain Fatty Acids: Potential Adjunctive Therapeutic to Target Immune and Metabolic Dysfunction in Schizophrenia? – Jamie Joseph – Frontiers in Neuroscience

Human respiratory microbiome

The Nasopharyngeal Microbiota of Children with Respiratory Infections in Botswana – Matthew S Kelly – Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

Human gut microbiome

* Microbial shifts and signatures of long-term remission in ulcerative colitis after faecal microbiota transplantation – Susana Fuentes – ISME Journal

Intestinal microbiome in children with severe and complicated acute viral gastroenteritis – Shih-Yen Chen – Scientific Reports

Unusual active site location and catalytic apparatus in a glycoside hydrolase family – Jose Munoz-Munoz – PNAS

Animal experiments

Enterococcus faecalis bacteriocin EntV inhibits hyphal morphogenesis, biofilm formation, and virulence of Candida albicans – Carrie E Graham – PNAS

The therapeutic protection of a living and dead Lactobacillus strain against aluminum-induced brain and liver injuries in C57BL/6 mice – Fengwei Tian & Leilei Yu – PLOS One

Microscale spatial analysis provides evidence for adhesive monopolization of dietary nutrients by specific intestinal bacteria – Yusuke Nagara – PLOS One

Review: Caspase recruitment domain 9, microbiota, and tryptophan metabolism: dangerous liaisons in inflammatory bowel diseases – Bruno Lamas – Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care

Individual variation of natural D. melanogaster associated bacterial communities – Yun Wang – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

A new polyketide glycoside from the rhizospheric Clonostachys rogersoniana associated with Panax notoginseng – Tian-Peng Yin – Journal of Asian Natural Products Research

Bacterial carbon use plasticity, phylogenetic diversity and the priming of soil organic matter – Ember M Morrissey – ISME Journal

Population and function analysis of cultivable bacteria associated with spores of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Gigaspora margarita – Liangkun Long – 3 Biotech

Water and extremophile microbiome

Exploring the ecological coherence between the spatial and temporal patterns of bacterioplankton in boreal lakes – Juan P. Niño García – Frontiers in Microbiology

Genomic comparisons of a bacterial lineage that inhabits both marine and terrestrial deep subsurface systems – Sean P Jungbluth – PeerJ

Bacterial community composition and dynamics spanning five years in freshwater bog lakes – Alexandra M Linz – bioRxiv

Occurrence of high-diversity metazoan- to microbial-dominated bioconstructions in a shallow Kimmeridgian carbonate ramp (Jabaloyas, Spain) – G San Miguel – Facies

Expression patterns of elemental cycling genes in the Amazon River Plume – Brandon M Satinsky – ISME Journal

Built environment

Comparison of microbial community shifts in two parallel multi-step drinking water treatment processes – Jiajiong Xu – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Probiotics/prebiotics

Engineered probiotic Escherichia coli can eliminate and prevent Pseudomonas aeruginosa gut infection in animal models – In Young Hwang – Nature Communications

Review: Unraveling the Differences between Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Probiotics in Modulating Protective Immunity to Enteric Infections – Sukumar Kandasamy – Frontiers in Immunology

Bioinformatics

* RTK: efficient rarefaction analysis of large datasets – Paul Saary – Bioinformatics

A geographically-diverse collection of 418 human gut microbiome pathway genome databases – Aria S Hahn – Scientific Data

Metabolomics

Indolepropionic acid and novel lipid metabolites are associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes in the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study – Vanessa D de Mello – Scientific Reports

More microbes

Influences of dissolved oxygen concentration on biocathodic microbial communities in microbial fuel cells – Laura Rago – Bioelectrochemistry

Microbes in the news

Waste-munching bacteria could make nuclear stores safer – Sam Wong – New Scientist

‘Young poo’ makes aged fish live longer – Ewen Callaway – Nature

Microbiology: Gut microbes augment neurodegeneration – Daniel Erny – Nature

* This Artist Turns Sweat and Bacteria Into Art – Annie Tittiger – Wired

Science, publishing, and career

Why do scientists fabricate and falsify data? A matched-control analysis of papers containing problematic image duplications – Daniele Fanelli – bioRxiv

Amy’s non-microbiology picks

Human knockouts and phenotypic analysis in a cohort with a high rate of consanguinity – Danish Saleheen – Nature