September 21, 2017

Additional data and new analyses from the NIH Human Microbiome Project, understanding lambda phage integration in its effects on the host, a yeast fermentation method for use in wine making.

Pregnancy and early life

Pre-print: Genetic diversity and mother-child overlap of the gut associated microbiota determined by reduced genome sequencing – Anuradha Ravi – bioRxiv

Multi-site human microbiome

Strains, functions and dynamics in the expanded Human Microbiome Project – Jason Lloyd-Price – Nature

Phages and viruses

Combining Comprehensive Analysis of Off-Site Lambda Phage Integration with a CRISPR-Based Means of Characterizing Downstream Physiology – Yu Tanouchi – mBio

Techniques

The 16S rRNA gene-based PCR method used for the detection of segmented filamentous bacteria in the intestinal microbiota generates false-positive results – Forough L Nowrouzian – Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica

Pre-print: Wine yeast phenomics: a standardized fermentation method for assessing quantitative traits of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains in enological conditions – Emilien Peltier – bioRxiv

More microbes

Pre-print: Comprehensive analysis of central carbon metabolism reveals multiple connections between nutrients, biosynthetic capacity, and cell morphology in Escherichia coli – Corey S Westfall – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

What’s the latest on gut microbiota? Concordia microbiology undergrads publish their findings – Phys.Org

Microbes on the market

Ixcela Launches Over-the-Counter Gut Health Test and Sophisticated Internal Wellness Program – Business Wire

Avadim Technologies Inc. Announces Partnership With Cardinal Health, Inc. – Market Wired

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September 15, 2017

Events and jobs

 
Assistant or Associate Professor – Microbiology/Infectious Disease, Farmington, US

 
General microbiome

 
Review: Human microbiota in aging and infection: A review – Elisavet Stavropoulou  – Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

 

Phylogeographic, genomic, and meropenem susceptibility analysis of Burkholderia ubonensis – Erin P. Price – PLOS

 
Pregnancy and early life

 
The relation between cesarean birth and child cognitive development – Cain Polidano – Scientific Reports

 

Simultaneously Monitoring Immune Response and Microbial Infections During Pregnancy through Plasma cfRNA Sequencing – Wenying Pan – Clinical Chemistry

 
Human respiratory microbiome

 
Oral microbiomeTooth Be Told, Genetics Influences Oral Microbiome – Emily R. Davenport – Cell Host & Microbe

 
Host Genetic Control of the Oral Microbiome in Health and Disease – Andres Gomez – Cell Host & Microbe

 

Human nearly-sterile sites 

 

Evaluation of the Bacterial Diversity in the Human Tongue Coating Based on Genus-Specific Primers for 16S rRNA Sequencing – Beili Sun – BioMed Research International

 

Review: Microbiota-Derived Uremic Retention Solutes: Perpetrators of Altered Nonrenal Drug Clearance in Kidney Disease – Alexander J. Prokopienko – Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology

 

Human gut microbiome

 
Microbial metabolites as mimickers of human molecules – Katrina Ray – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

 
The intestinal microbiota regulates body composition through NFIL3 and the circadian clock – Yuhao Wang – Science

 
The Landscape of Type VI Secretion across Human Gut Microbiomes Reveals Its Role in Community Composition – Adrian J. Verster – Cell Host & Microbe

 
Butyrate-producing bacteria supplemented in vitro to Crohn’s disease patient microbiota increased butyrate production and enhanced intestinal epithelial barrier integrity – Annelies Geirnaert – Scientific Reports

 
Linking Spatial Structure and Community-Level Biotic Interactions through Cooccurrence and Time Series Modeling of the Human Intestinal Microbiota – Eric J. de Muinck –  mSystems
Review: Microbiota and neurodegenerative diseases – Moira Marizzonip – Current Opinion in Neurology

 
Effect of cytomegalovirus and Epstein–Barr virus replication on intestinal mucosal gene expression and microbiome composition of HIV-infected and uninfected individuals – Gianella Sara – AIDS

 
Systematic Review and Meta-analysis: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Treatment of Active Ulcerative Colitis – Narula Neeraj – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

 
Signatures in the gut microbiota of Japanese infants who developed food allergies in early childhood – Masaru Tanaka – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

 
Quantity and source of dietary protein influence metabolite production by gut microbiota and rectal mucosa gene expression: a randomized, parallel, double-blind trial in overweight humans – Martin Beaumont – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Analysis of Mucosa-Associated Microbiota in Colorectal Cancer – Kehan Xu – Medical Science Monitor

 
Animal experiments 

 
Short-term dietary methionine supplementation affects one-carbon metabolism and DNA methylation in the mouse gut and leads to altered microbiome profiles, barrier function, gene expression and histomorphology – Isabelle R. Miousse – Genes & Nutrition

 
Development of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Is Linked to a Longitudinal Restructuring of the Gut Metagenome in Mice – Thomas Sharpton – mSystems

 
Development of a Stable Lung Microbiome in Healthy Neonatal Mice – Matea Kostric – Microbial Ecology

 

Animal microbiome

 

Seasonal variation in nutrient utilization shapes gut microbiome structure and function in wild giant pandas – Qi Wu  – Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B

 
Plant, root, and soil microbiome

 
Soil microbial community responses to acid exposure and neutralization treatment – Doyun Shin – Journal of Environmental Management

 
Spatial patterns of hypolithic cyanobacterial diversity in Northern Australia –  Keith Christian – Ecology & Evolution

 

Food microbiology

 

Short-Term Intake of a Fructose-, Fat- and Cholesterol-Rich Diet Causes Hepatic Steatosis in Mice: Effect of Antibiotic Treatment – Annette Brandt – Nutrients

 
Overview of craft brewing specificities and potentially associated microbiota – Lindsey Rodhouse – Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

 

Probiotics / prebiotics
Isolation of probiotic piliated Lactobacillus rhamnosus strains from human faecal microbiota using SpaAantiserum-based colony immunoblotting – Zhen-quan Yang – Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

 

Phages and viruses
CRISPR-based Herd Immunity Limits Phage Epidemics in Bacterial Populations – Pavel Payne – bioRxiv

 
Bioinformatics
A comparison of sequencing platforms and bioinformatics pipelines for compositional analysis of the gut microbiome – Imane Allali – BMC Microbiology

 
Minimizing mixing intensity to improve the performance of rice straw anaerobic digestion via enhanced development of microbe-substrate aggregates – Moonkyung Kim – Bioresource Technology

 
Long term effects of cerium dioxide nanoparticles on the nitrogen removal, micro-environment and community dynamics of a sequencing batch biofilm reactor – Yi Xu – Bioresource Technology

 

Microbes in the news 
NIPGR scientists identify bacteria that can devour fungi

 
Are Genes to Blame for Cavity-causing Bacteria?

 
Microbes on the market (news about biotech companies)

 
Newly Launched CoreBiome Touts Microbiome ‘Profiling’ Services

 
Inventor converts waste plastics to fertilizer, fuel

 
Science, publishing, and career

 
The hundred most-cited publications in microbiota of diabetes research: A bibliometric analysis – Jiaxing Tian – Medicine

September 13,2017

Our midweek digest is a treat for wine drinkers- two studies looking at vineyard microbiomes and news of how Nestlé is moving into microbiome research. Lastly, read about an exciting workflow that makes it easier to map the resistome.

General Microbiome

Microbial communities in placentas from term normal pregnancy exhibit spatially variable profiles.

Parnell LA .Scientific Reports

Human gut microbiome

Host-microbe interaction in the gastrointestinal tract.

Parker A.Environmental Microbiology Report

Gut microbiota composition is associated with polypharmacy in elderly hospitalized patients.

Ticinesi A.Scientific Reports

Microbes in Infant Gut Development: Placing Abundance Within Environmental, Clinical and Growth Parameters.

Obermajer T.Scientific Reports

Animal experiments and microbiome

Gut bacteria from multiple sclerosis patients modulate human T cells and exacerbate symptoms in mouse models.

Cekanaviciute E, PNAS

The microbiota influences cell death and microglial colonization in the perinatal mouse brain.

Castillo-Ruiz A. Brain, Behaviour, and Immunity

Microbial colonization is required for normal neurobehavioral development in zebrafish.

Phelps D,.Scientific Reports

Biotechnology 

Ozone-cathode microbial desalination cell; An innovative option to bioelectricity generation and water desalination.

Gholizadeh A. Chemosphere.

Plant and soil microbiome

Grape microbiome as a reliable and persistent signature of field origin and environmental conditions in Cannonau wine production.

Mezzasalma V. PLoS One.

Is microbial terroir related to geographic distance between vineyards?

Miura T. Environmental Microbiology Reports

Bacteria utilising plant-derived carbon in the rhizosphere of Triticum aestivum change in different depths of an arable soil.

Uksa M. Environmental Microbiology Reports

Mining the Volatilomes of Plant-Associated Microbiota for New Biocontrol Solutions.

Bailly A. Frontiers in Microbiology

More than 2500 years of oil exposure shape sediment microbiomes with the potential for syntrophic degradation of hydrocarbons linked to methanogenesis.

Michas A. Microbiome

Lung Microbiome

Functional characterization of the Mycobacterium abscessus genome coupled with condition specific transcriptomics reveals conserved molecular strategies for host adaptation and persistence.

Miranda-CasoLuengo AA.BMC Genomics

Mechanistic insight into the function of the microbiome in lung diseases.

Ubags NDJ. European Respiratory Journal

Antibiotics

A single early-in-life macrolide course has lasting effects on murine microbial network topology and immunity.

Ruiz VE.Nature Communications

Resistome

The recent emergence in hospitals of multidrug-resistant community-associated sequence type 1 and spa type t127 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus investigated by whole-genome sequencing: Implications for screening.

Earls MR. PLoS One

Rapid resistome mapping using nanopore sequencing.

van der Helm E.Nucleic Acids Research  

Network of microbial and antibiotic interactions drive colonization and infection with multidrug-resistant organisms

Wang J. PNAS

News

Nestlé moves into gut microbiome tests.

News- Nature Biotechnology

Protocol

Shotgun metagenomics, from sampling to analysis.

Quince C,Nature Biotechnology

Erratum 

Erratum to: Diet Versus Phylogeny: a Comparison of Gut Microbiota in Captive Colobine Monkey Species.

Hale VL. Microbial Ecology

August 10, 2017

Human urinary microbiome

The microbiome in urogenital schistosomiasis and induced bladder pathologies – Adewale S. Adebayo – PLoS Negl Trop Dis

Human gut microbiome

A 3-dimensional mathematical model of microbial proliferation that generates the characteristic cumulative relative abundance distributions in gut microbiomes – Lena Takayasu – PLoS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Evolutionary conservation of a core root microbiome across plant phyla along a tropical soil chronosequence – Yun Kit Yeoh – Nature Communications

Spatiotemporal Variation and Networks in the Mycobiome of the Wheat Canopy – Rumakanta Sapkota – Frontiers in Plant Science

Water and extremophile microbiome

Active microorganisms thrive among extremely diverse communities in cloud water – Pierre Amato – PLoS ONE

Seasonal Analysis of Microbial Communities in Precipitation in the Greater Tokyo Area, Japan – Satoshi Hiraoka – Frontiers in Microbiology

Built environment

The US National Mall Microbiome: A Census of Rhizosphere Bacteria Inhabiting Landscape Turf – Jo Anne Crouch – Crop Science

Microbes in the news

For Healthy Skin, Just Add…Bacteria? – Adam Hurly – GQ

Microbes on the market

Reality vs. hype: A macro look at the microbiome market – Juliet Preston – MedCityNews

Science, publishing, and career

Prof claims victory over ‘#manel’ at microbiome conference – Dan Jackson – Campus Reform

August 3, 2017

The impact of root hairs on rhizosphere soil structure, gut virome dynamics in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, an art installation made from bacteria found in a 300-year-old copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Events and jobs

Assistant/Associate Professor of Soil Microbiomes – Colorado State University

Research Lab Tech Intermediate – University of Michigan Center for Microbial Systems Molecular Biology Laboratory

Content, Lead bioRxiv – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

General microbiome

Perspective: The evolution of the host microbiome as an ecosystem on a leash – Kevin R Foster – Nature

Animal experiments

Gut Microbiota Modifies Olfactory-Guided Microbial Preferences and Foraging Decisions in Drosophila – Adam Chun-Nin Wong – Current Biology

Cxcr2 signaling and the microbiome suppress inflammation, bile duct injury, and the phenotype of experimental biliary atresia – Junbae Jee – PLOS ONE

Commensal microbiota-induced microRNA modulates intestinal epithelial permeability through a small GTPase ARF4 – Kazuaki Nakata – Journal of Biological Chemistry

Early life antibiotic exposure causes intestinal dysbiosis and exacerbates skin and lung pathology in experimental systemic sclerosis – Heena Mehta – Journal of Investigative Dermatology

16S rRNA genes Illumina sequencing revealed differential cecal microbiome in specific pathogen free chickens infected with different subgroup of avian leukosis viruses – Xinxin Ma – Veterinary Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

High-resolution synchrotron imaging shows that root hairs influence rhizosphere soil structure formation – Nicolai Koebernick – New Phytologist

Genome-Wide Sensitivity Analysis of the Microsymbiont Sinorhizobium meliloti to Symbiotically Important, Defensin-Like Host Peptides – Markus F F Arnold – mBio

Water and extremophile microbiome

Preprint: Metabolic roles of uncultivated bacterioplankton lineages in the northern Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” – J Cameron Thrash – bioRxiv

Food microbiology

Fate of Listeria innocua during production and ripening of smeared hard cheese made from raw milk – P Hammer – Journal of Dairy Science

Probiotics/prebiotics

Review: Systematic review: probiotics for functional constipation in children – Katarzyna Wojtyniak – European Journal of Pediatrics

Phages and viruses

The eukaryotic gut virome in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: new clues in enteric graft-versus-host disease – Jérôme Legoff – Nature Medicine

Metabolomics

The Opportunities of Metabolomics in Drug Safety Evaluation – Pengcheng Wang – Current Pharmacology Reports

More microbes

SnapShot: Electrochemical Communication in Biofilms – Dong-yeon D Lee – Cell

Microbes in the news

Microbiome: Does it really matter to our health? – Jo Seed – Imperial College London

Lovers Share Colonies of Skin Microbes, Study Finds – Aneri Pattani – New York Times

Scientists map the distribution of antimicrobial resistance across Chinese major cities – EurekAlert

Bacteria could be key to freeing South Pacific of mosquitoes – Emma Maris – Nature

Microbiology: The case of the mysterious messenger – Kaitlin Johnson – Nature

Microbes on the market

World’s First DNA and Microbiome Platform Enters the UK Market – Business Wire

IDbyDNA and ARUP Laboratories Announce Partnership to Develop and Commercialize Novel Infectious Disease Testing Using Metagenomics – PR Newswire

Bacteria art

Bacteria from 300-year-old Ovid poetry volume inspires ‘bio-artist’ – Maev Kennedy – The Guardian

Science, career, and publishing

Preprint: The reproducibility of research and the misinterpretation of P values – David Colquhoun – bioRxiv

Preprint: The GSS is an unreliable indicator of biological sciences postdoc population trends – Christopher L Pickett – bioRxiv

The Plan to End Science’s Sexist #manel Problem – Sarah Scoles – WIRED

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Non-microbiology picks

Proteins evolve on the edge of supramolecular self-assembly – Hector Garcia-Seisdedos – Nature

July 20, 2017

A study of chemical interactions between fungi and ants by imaging mass spectrometry, characterization of forty-six Arthrobacter phages, influence of fruit fungal infestation on vertebrate fruit preferences.

Human gut microbiome

The essential genomic landscape of the commensal Bifidobacterium breve UCC2003 – Lorena Ruiz – Scientific Reports

Animal experiments

Fat binding capacity and modulation of the gut microbiota both determine the effect of wheat bran fractions on adiposity – Francesco Suriano – Scientific Reports

Effects of dietary supplementation with two alternatives to antibiotics on intestinal microbiota of preweaned calves challenged with Escherichia coli K99 – Yanliang Bi – Scientific Reports

Animal microbiome

Imaging mass spectrometry and MS/MS molecular networking reveals chemical interactions among cuticular bacteria and pathogenic fungi associated with fungus-growing ants – Cristopher A Boya P – Scientific Reports

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Population structure of an orchid mycorrhizal fungus with genus-wide specificity – M P Ruibal – Scientific Reports

Water and extremophile microbiome

Review: Cultivation of microbes from the deep-sea environments – Zenghu Zhang – Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography

Food microbiology

Fungal infestation boosts fruit aroma and fruit removal by mammals and birds – Josep E Peris – Scientific Reports

Pre-print: Resilience mechanisms of small intestinal lactobacilli to the toxicity of soybean oil fatty acids – Sara C Di Rienzi – bioRxiv

Probiotics/prebiotics

Dietary lipid content reorganizes gut microbiota and probiotic L. rhamnosus attenuates obesity and enhances catabolic hormonal milieu in zebrafish – Silvia Falcinelli – Scientific Reports

Phages and viruses

Tales of diversity: Genomic and morphological characteristics of forty-six Arthrobacter phages – Karen K Klyczek – PLOS ONE

Pre-print: Isolation and characterization of BpL1, a broad acting lytic bacteriophage against Brucella – Vimlesh Gupta – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Bac-for good: Bacteria passed between generations benefits you more than others – Phys.org

Microbes on the market

Verily Releases Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes To Fight Zika And Dengue: Is Wolbachia Technique Safe For Humans? – Allan Adamson – Tech Times

Science, career, and publishing

Climate scientists flock to France’s call – Declan Butler – Nature

July 19, 2017

Today’s digest is a long one! There is high diversity of studies, with a high abundance of gut microbiome studies, a few publications on fecal transplant, and some very interesting early life/pregnancy/mother-infant science.  A normal serving of animal studies, of course a nice colony of environmental microbial studies, and a study reporting the presence of bacteria in Alzheimer’s post-mortem brains.

Events and jobs

Postdoctoral research fellow in translational microbiome research – Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet

General microbiome

Commensal bacteria modulate the tumor microenvironment – Theofilos Poutahidis – Cancer Letters

[Review]  The human microbiome – Hubert E. Blum – Advances in Medical Sciences

Microbiome and Metabolome Data Integration Provides Insight Into Health and Disease – Michael Shaffer – Translational Research

Metabolic potential and taxonomic assessment of bacterial community of an environment to chronic industrial discharge – Neelam Devpura – International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation

Impact of the Microbiota on Bacterial Infections during Cancer Treatment – Jessica Galloway-Peña – Trends in Microbiology

Pregnancy and early life

** The Bacterial Ecosystem of Mother’s Milk and Infant’s Mouth and Gut – Elana Biagi – Frontiers in Microbiology | Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology

* What’s Normal? Immune Profiling of Human Milk from Healthy Women Living in Different Geographical and Socioeconomic Settings – Lorena Ruiz – Frontiers in Immunology | Nutritional Immunology

Microbiome Associated with Severe Caries in Canadian First Nations Children – M. Agnello – Journal of Dental Research

* Bacterial communities found in placental tissues are associated with severe chorioamnionitis and adverse birth outcomes – Ronan M. Doyle – PLoS One

Human oral microbiome

Characterization of Oral Microbiota in Removable Dental Prosthesis Users: Influence of Arterial Hypertension – Leila Maria Marchi-Alves – BioMed Research International

Human vaginal microbiome

The association between ethnicity and vaginal microbiota composition in Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Hanneke Borgdorff – PLoS One

Human nearly-sterile sites

** 16S rRNA Next Generation Sequencing Analysis Shows Bacteria in Alzheimer’s Post-Mortem Brain – David C. Emery – Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

Human gut microbiome

The Gut Microbiota of Healthy Chilean Subjects Reveals a High Abundance of the Phylum Verrucomicrobia – Sayaka Fujio-Vejar – Frontiers in Microbiology | Microbial Symbioses

*[Review] Significance of Microbiota in Obesity and Metabolic Diseases and the Modulatory Potential by Medicinal Plant and Food Ingredients – Hoda M. Eid – Frontiers in Pharmacology | Ethnopharmacology

MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF FECAL MICROBIOTA OF HEALTHY CHINESE TOBACCO SMOKER SUBJECTS IN SHAANXI PROVINCE, XI’AN CHINA – Ishaq HM – Journal of Ayub Medical College

The Microbiome in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma-Exposed Controls: An Exploratory Study – Hemmings, Sian M.J – Psychosomatic Medicine

The Impact of Gut Microbiota on Gender-Specific Differences in Immunity – Floris Fransen – Frontiers in Immunology | Nutritional Immunology

Involvement of gut microbiota in the association between gastrointestinal motility and 5‑HT expression/M2 macrophage abundance in the gastrointestinal tract – Mo Yang – Molecular Medicine Reports

Correspondence: Fecal Microbiota Transplant from a Rational Stool Donor Improves Hepatic Encephalopathy: A Randomized Clinical Trial – Benjamin H Mullish – Hepatology

Going to the Bank: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Pediatrics – Elaine Barfield – Clinical Pediatrics

INTERRELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN GUT MICROBIOTA AND HOST: Paradigms, Role in Neurodegenerative Diseases and Future Prospects – Villarraso JC – CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets

Faecal microbiota transplant: a novel biological approach to extensively drug-resistant organism-related non-relapse mortality – Innes AJ – Bone Marrow Transplantation

* Gut microbiota is critical for the induction of chemotherapy-induced pain – Shiqian Shen – Nature Neuroscience

Relationships between Gastrointestinal Microbiota and Blood Group Antigens – Anuhya Gampa – Physiological Genomics

[Masters Thesis] Evaluating the Effectiveness of Select Bacteria Against Clostridium difficile – Choquette, Kelsey Rose – Iowa State University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing

* Potential and active functions in the gut microbiota of a healthy human cohort – Alessandro Tanca – Microbiome

[Letter to Editor] The necessity of gut microbiome characterization in diseases prevention and therapy – Sama Rezasoltani – Gastroenterology and Hepatology from Bed to Bench

[Review Article] The Intricate Interaction between Enteric Microbiota and Brain: Principles and Clinical Implications – Giovanni Gherardi – Journal of Digestive Diseases and Hepatology

Gut microbiota dysbiosis associated with glucose metabolism disorders and the metabolic syndrome in older adults – K Lippert – Beneficial Microbes

Animal experiments

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

Grape pomace improves performance, antioxidant status, fecal microbiota and meat quality of piglets – I. Kafantaris – Animal

Animal microbiome

Microorganisms of the Intestinal Microbiota of Oncorhynchus Mykiss Produce Antagonistic Substances Against Bacteria Contaminating Food and Causing Disease in Humans – Lobos O – Italian Journal of Food Safety

Population-Specific Responses to Interspecific Competition in the Gut Microbiota of Two Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Populations – Xiaoping He – Microbial Ecology

Habitat and indigenous gut microbes contribute to the plasticity of gut microbiome in oriental river prawn during rapid environmental change – Cheng-Yu Chen – PLoS One

Vertically and horizontally transmitted microbial symbionts shape the gut microbiota ontogenesis of a skin-mucus feeding discus fish progeny – François-Étienne Sylvain – Scientific Reports

Microbiome overview in swine lungs – Franciele Maboni Siqueira – PLoS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Integrated metagenomics and molecular ecological network analysis of bacterial community composition during the phytoremediation of cadmium-contaminated soils by bioenergy crops – Zhaojin Chen – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Dynamics of Soil Bacterial Communities Over a Vegetation Season Relate to Both Soil Nutrient Status and Plant Growth Phenology – Davide Francioli – Microbial Ecology

Microbial Populations of Stony Meteorites: Substrate Controls on First Colonizers – Alastair W. Tait – Frontiers in Microbiology | Extreme Microbiology

Microbial functional diversity covaries with permafrost thaw-induced environmental heterogeneity in tundra soil – Mengting M. Yuan – Global Change Biology

[PrePrint] Conditionally rare taxa contribute but do not account for prokaryotic community changes in soils – Rachel Kaminsky – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Performance and bacterial community structure of a 10-years old constructed mangrove wetland – Tingting Tian – Marine Pollution Bulletin

A comparative study revealed first insights into the diversity and metabolisms of the microbial communities in the sediments of Pacmanus and Desmos hydrothermal fields – Hai-liang Wang – PLoS One

Microbial Composition and Diversity Patterns in Deep Hyperthermal Aquifers from the Western Plain of Romania – Cecilia M. Chiriac – Microbiology of Aquatic Systems

Built environment

Pilot study to determine if microbial contamination levels in hospital washrooms are associated with hand drying method – Mark H. Wilcox – Journal of Hospital Infection

Probiotics / prebiotics

Arachidonic acid sex-dependently affects obesity through linking gut microbiota-driven inflammation to hypothalamus-adipose-liver axis – Pan Zhuang – BBA

Functional Characterization of Novel Faecalibacterium prausnitzii Strains Isolated from Healthy Volunteers: A Step Forward in the Use of F. prausnitzii as a Next-Generation Probiotic – Rebeca Martin – Frontiers in Microbiology | Food Microbiology

Bioinformatics

* Abundance estimation and differential testing on strain level in metagenomics data – Martina Fischer – Bioinformatics

Techniques

Development and Use of a Real-Time Quantitative PCR Method for Detecting and Quantifying Equol-Producing Bacteria in Human Faecal Samples and Slurry Cultures – Lucía Vázquez – Frontiers in Microbiology | Food Microbiology

Next-generation Sequencing of the DNA Virome from Fecal Samples – Monaco CL – Bio-protocol

Synthetic multispecies microbial communities reveals shifts in secondary metabolism and facilitates cryptic natural product discovery – Yutong Shi – Environmental Microbiology

Whole-genome sequencing of eukaryotes: From sequencing of DNA fragments to a genome assembly – K. S. Zadesenets – Russian Journal of Genetics

Microbes on the market

Microbiome Sequencing Services Market: trends, analysis, Overview, forecast up to 2021

Ed’s non-microbiology picks

Heavy metal accumulation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells armed with metal binding hexapeptides targeted to the inner face of the plasma membrane – Lavinia Liliana Ruta –Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Fracking can contaminate rivers and lakes with radioactive material, study finds

Subacute normobaric oxygen and hyperbaric oxygen therapy in drowning, reversal of brain volume loss: a case report – Paul G Harch – Medical Gas Research

No Effect of Commercial Cognitive Training on Neural Activity During Decision-Making – Joseph W. Kable – Journal of Neuroscience

Health Insurance Expansion and Incidence of Out‐of‐Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Pilot Study in a US Metropolitan Community – Eric C. Stecker – Journal of the American Heart Association