October 11, 2018

The effects of chronic ethanol ingestion on the fruit fly microbiota, engineering the mosquito microbiota to produce an antiplasmodial effector, how temperature change affects an ecosystems biodiversity and function.

General microbiome

Changes in temperature alter the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning – Francisca C García – PNAS

Human respiratory microbiome

Respiratory Microbiota Predicts Clinical Disease Course of Acute Otorrhea in Children With Tympanostomy Tubes – Wing Ho Man – The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

Human oral microbiome

Carious status and supragingival plaque microbiota in hemodialysis patients – Qi Yue – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Review: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for the Management of Clostridium difficile Infection – Raghavendra Paknikar – Surgical Infections

Review: Diet, gut microbiome and indoxyl sulphate in chronic kidney disease patients – Chih-Yu Yang – Nephrology

Animal experiments

Risks Related to High-Dosage Recombinant Antimicrobial Peptide Microcin J25 in Mice Model: Intestinal Microbiota, Intestinal Barrier Function and Immune Regulation – Haitao Yu – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Microbial Changes and Host Response in F344 Rat Colon Depending on Sex and Age Following a High-Fat Diet – Sun Min Lee – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal microbiome

Pre-print: Chronic ethanol ingestion impairs Drosophila melanogaster health in a microbiome-dependent manner – James Angus Chandler – bioRxiv

Blood meal-induced inhibition of vector-borne disease by transgenic microbiota – Jackie L Shane – Nature Communications

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Friends or foes in the rhizosphere: traits of fluorescent Pseudomonas that hinder Azospirillum brasilense growth and root colonization – Guillermo A Maroniche – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Seasonal variation of extracellular enzymatic activity in marine snow-associated microbial communities and their impact on the surrounding water – Ingrid Ivančić – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Food microbiology

Comparative evaluation of spoilage-related bacterial diversity and metabolite profiles in chilled beef stored under air and vacuum packaging – Ahmad Rois Mansur – Food Microbiology

Assessment of the non-lactic acid bacteria microbiota in fresh cucumbers and commercially fermented cucumber pickles brined with 6% NaCl – Ilenys M Pérez-Díaz – Food Microbiology

Bioinformatics

Bayesian Inference of Microbial Community Structure from Metagenomic Data Using BioMiCo – Katherine A Dunn – Microbiome Analysis (Book)

Metabolomics

Targeted Metabolic Profiling Indicates Apple Rootstock Genotype-Specific Differences in Primary and Secondary Metabolite Production and Validate Quantitative Contribution From Vegetative Growth – Rachel Leisso – Frontiers in Plant Science

Techniques

Analyzing Metabolic Pathways in Microbiomes – Mobolaji Adeolu – Microbiome Analysis (Book)

More microbes

Prevalence of Yersinia Species in the Ileum of Crohn’s Disease Patients and Controls – Guillaume Le Baut – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

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August 18, 2018

The virome of California mosquitoes, effects of climate warming on grassland microbial communities, and a few “bacteria and art” entries including a 92-foot inflatable E. coli sculpture.

General microbiome

Communities of Niche-Optimized Strains: Small-Genome Organism Consortia in Bioproduction – Stephan Noack – Trends in Biotechnology

Growth tradeoffs produce complex microbial communities on a single limiting resource – Michael Manhart – Nature Communications

Human oral microbiome

Oral microbiome development during childhood: an ecological succession influenced by postnatal factors and associated with tooth decay – Majda Dzidic – The ISME Journal

Animal experiments

Loss of HDAC6 alters gut microbiota and worsens obesity – Arnon D Lieber – The FASEB Journal

Animal microbiome

Pre-print: CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene deletion of the ompA gene in an Enterobacter gut symbiont impairs biofilm formation and reduces gut colonization of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes – Shivanand Hegde – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Climate warming leads to divergent succession of grassland microbial communities – Xue Guo – Nature Climate Change

Water and extremophile microbiome

Bacterial Diversity in Replicated Hydrogen Sulfide-Rich Streams – Scott Hotaling – Microbial Ecology

Long-term in situ permafrost thaw effects on bacterial communities and potential aerobic respiration – Sylvain Monteux – The ISME Journal

Phages and viruses

Virome of > 12 thousand Culex mosquitoes from throughout California – Mohammadreza Sadeghi – Virology

Comprehensive comparative analysis of methods and software for identifying viral integrations – Xun Chen – Briefings in Bioinformatics

Phage-inducible chromosomal islands are ubiquitous within the bacterial universe – Alfred Fillol-Salom – The ISME Journal

Metabolomics

Metabotypes Related to Meat and Vegetable Intake Reflect Microbial, Lipid and Amino Acid Metabolism in Healthy People – Runmin Wei – Molecular Nutrition & Food Research

More microbes

Comparative Genomics of Nitrogen Cycling Pathways in Bacteria and Archaea – Michaeline B N Albright – Microbial Ecology

Bacteria art

Linen and Bacteria: The Hidden History of Microbiology – Clara Rodríguez Fernández – Labiotech.eu

Pomona Arts: Sara Parent Ramos: Jumble, Bunch, Grow – Inland Empire

Oxford Natural History exhibition explores benefits of bacteria – BBC News

August 2, 2018

In today’s Microbiome Digest you can read about: the connection of mother’s microbiota and development of psychiatric disorders by M.G. Codagnone; pulmonary microbiome by A.N. Costa; microbiome and allergic diseases by M.Pascal; olfactory communication via microbiota in birds by O. Maraci; global topsoil microbiome by M. Bahram and many more. Enjoy your hot summer read!

Pregnancy and early life

Review: Programming Bugs: Microbiota and the Developmental Origins of Brain Health and Disease – Martin G.Codagnone – Biological Psychiatry

Human respiratory microbiome

The pulmonary microbiome: challenges of a new paradigm – André Nathan Costa – Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia

Oral microbiology

Are the mutans streptococci still considered relevant to understanding the microbial etiology of dental caries? – Jeffrey A. Banas – BMC Oral Health

Predicting oral malodour based on the microbiota in saliva samples using a deep learning approach – Yoshio Nakano – BMC Oral Health

Human skin microbiome

The Environmental Exposures and Inner- and Intercity Traffic Flows of the Metro System May Contribute to the Skin Microbiome and Resistome – Kang Kang – Cell Reports

Human gut microbiome

Alterations in the Gut Microbiota of Rats Chronically Exposed to Volatilized Cocaine and Its Active Adulterants Caffeine and Phenacetin – Cecilia Scorza – Neurotoxicity Research

Origination, change, and modulation of geriatric disease-related gut microbiota during life – Muhammad Shahid Riaz Rajoka – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Rapid gastrointestinal loss of Clostridial Clusters IV and XIVa in the ICU associates with an expansion of gut pathogens – Alexandra E. Livanos – PLOS One

Minireview: Microbiome and Allergic Diseases – Mariona Pascal – Frontiers in Immunology / Mucosal Immunity

Comparison of Microbiota in Patients Treated by Surgery or Chemotherapy by 16S rRNA Sequencing Reveals Potential Biomarkers for Colorectal Cancer Therapy – Xingming Deng – Frontiers in Microbiology / Antimicrobials, Resistance and Chemotherapy

Moxibustion treatment modulates the gut microbiota and immune function in a dextran sulphate sodium-induced colitis rat model – Qin Qi – World Journal of Gastroenterology

Helicobacter pylori in human health and disease: Mechanisms for local gastric and systemic effects – Denisse Bravo – World Journal of Gastroenterology

Acquisition of MACPF domain-encoding genes is the main contributor to LPS glycan diversity in gut Bacteroides species – Valentina Laclare McEneany – The ISME Journal

Drivers of Microbiome Biodiversity: A Review of General Rules, Feces, and Ignorance – Aspen T. Reese – mBio

Effects of prebiotic inulin-type fructans on blood metabolite and hormone concentrations and faecal microbiota and metabolites in overweight dogs – Celeste Alexander – British Journal of Nutrition

Standardization of gut microbiota analysis: Variability in samples taken at different times from single case and the effect of the freezing the sample – F. Saglam – International Journal of Infectious Diseases

Culture- and metagenomics-enabled analyses of the Methanosphaera genus reveals their monophyletic origin and differentiation according to genome size – Emily C. Hoedt – The ISME journal

Animal experiments 

A Polysaccharide Isolated from Dictyophora indusiata Promotes Recovery from Antibiotic-Driven Intestinal Dysbiosis and Improves Gut Epithelial Barrier Function in a Mouse Model – Sadia Kanwal – Nutrients

High Dose Vitamin D supplementation alters faecal microbiome and predisposes mice to more severe colitis – Simon Ghaly – Scientific Reports

Treatment with camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) prevents obesity by altering the gut microbiota and increasing energy expenditure in diet-induced obese mice – Fernando F Anhê – Gut Microbiota

Whole genome sequencing and function prediction of 133 gut anaerobes isolated from chicken caecum in pure cultures – Matej Medvecky – BMC Genomics

Addition of arabinoxylan and mixed linkage glucans in porcine diets affects the large intestinal bacterial populations – John B. Gorham – European Journal of Nutrition

Animal microbiome 

A prokaryotic-eukaryotic relation in the fat body of Bombus terrestris – Anneleen Parmentier – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Olfactory Communication via Microbiota: What Is Known in Birds? – Öncü Maraci – Genes

Unprecedented Diversity of ssDNA Phages from the Family Microviridae Detected within the Gut of a Protochordate Model Organism (Ciona robusta) – Alexandria Creasy – Viruses

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Description of ‘Candidatus Methylocucumis oryzae’, a novel Type I methanotroph with large cells and pale pink colour, isolated from an Indian rice field – Pranitha S. Pandit – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Long-term effects of untreated wastewater on soil bacterial communities – Tianlin Shen – Science of The Total Environment

Minireview: Rhizoremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons: a model system for plant microbiome manipulation – Sara Correa-García – Microbial Biotechnology

Soil pre-fumigation could effectively improve the disease suppressiveness of biofertilizer to banana Fusarium wilt disease by reshaping the soil microbiome – Zongzhuan Shen – Biology and Fertility of Soils

Structure and function of the global topsoil microbiome – Mohammad Bahram – Nature

Globally rising soil heterotrophic respiration over recent decades – Ben Bond-Lamberty – Nature

Water and extremophile microbiome

Distinct Oceanic Microbiomes From Viruses to Protists Located Near the Antarctic Circumpolar Current – Flavia Flaviani – Frontiers in Microbiology / Aquatic Microbiology

Evaluation of biomethane potential of waste algal biomass collected from eutrophied lake: effect of source of inocula, co-substrate, and VS loading – Pushpendar Kumar – Journal of Applied Phycology

Distinct molecular signatures in dissolved organic matter produced by viral lysis of marine cyanobacteria – Xiufeng Ma – Environmental Microbiology

Increased biofilm formation due to high-temperature adaptation in marine Roseobacter – Alyssa G. Kent – Nature Microbiology

Adaptive mechanisms that provide competitive advantages to marine bacteroidetes during microalgal blooms – Frank Unfried – The ISME Journal

The anchoring effect—long-term dormancy and genetic population structure – Lisa Sundqvist – The ISME Journal

Genome biology of a novel lineage of planctomycetes widespread in anoxic aquatic environments – Stefan Spring – Environmental Microbiology

The distribution of active iron‐cycling bacteria in marine and freshwater sediments is decoupled from geochemical gradients – Julia M. Otte – Environmental Microbiology

Temporal and spatial dynamics in microbial community composition within a temperate stream network – Norman Hassell – Environmental Microbiology

Diel dynamics and coupling of heterotrophic prokaryotes and dissolved organic matter in epipelagic and mesopelagic waters of the central Red Sea – Francisca C. García – Environmental Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

The effects of a multispecies probiotic on migraine and markers of intestinal permeability–results of a randomized placebo-controlled study – N M de Roos – European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Phages and viruses

Eicosanoid biosynthesis influences the virulence of Candida parapsilosis – Tanmoy Chakraborty – Virulence

Competition between mobile genetic elements drives optimization of a phage-encoded CRISPR-Cas system: Insights from a natural arms-race – Amelia McKitterick – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

BARM and BalticMicrobeDB, a reference metagenome and interface to meta-omic data for the Baltic Sea – Johannes Alneberg – Scientific Data

Bacteria & Art

The Beautiful World of Bacteria

 

July 27, 2018

Diversity and stability of the oyster microbiota, earthworm gut bacteria contribute to silicon acquisition by maize, metabolic function and composition of the gut microbiota regulated by IgA, a review on engineering live biotherapeutics.

General microbiome

Review: Synthetic Biology and Engineered Live Biotherapeutics: Toward Increasing System Complexity – Tanel Ozdemir – Cell Systems

Pre-print: Fungal chromatin mapping identifies BasR, as the regulatory node of bacteria-induced fungal secondary metabolism – Juliane Fischer – bioRxiv

Multi-site human microbiome

Review: The Gut Microbiome as a Major Regulator of the Gut-Skin Axis – Iman Salem – Frontiers in Microbiology

Human respiratory microbiome

Identifying aerosolized cyanobacteria in the human respiratory tract: A proposed mechanism for cyanotoxin-associated diseases – Dominic N Facciponte – Science of the Total Environment

Human skin microbiome

Minor taxa in human skin microbiome contribute to the personal identification – Hikaru Watanabe – PLOS ONE

Animal experiments

Intestinal Microbiota Disruption Reduces Regulatory T Cells and Increases Respiratory Viral Infection Mortality Through Increased IFNγ Production – Mitchell H Grayson – Frontiers in Immunology

IgA regulates the composition and metabolic function of gut microbiota by promoting symbiosis between bacteria – Akira Nakajima – Journal of Experimental Medicine

Animal microbiome

Fecal bacterial communities from Mediterranean loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) – Elena Biagi – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Pre-print: Diversity and stability of microbiota are key factors associated to healthy and diseased Crassostrea gigas oysters – Camille Clerissi – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Earthworm gut bacteria increase silicon bioavailability and acquisition by maize – Lin Hu – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Digging mammals contribute to rhizosphere fungal community composition and seedling growth – Shannon J Dundas – Biodiversity and Conservation

Soil amendment alters soil physicochemical properties and bacterial community structure of a replanted apple orchard – Bowen Liang – Microbiological Research

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbiome functioning depends on individual and interactive effects of the environment and community structure – Chloé Orland – The ISME Journal

Microbes in space

Pre-print: Water quality and microbial load: a double-threshold identification procedure intended for space applications – Stefano Amalfitano – bioRxiv

Food microbiology

A low FODMAP diet is associated with changes in the microbiota and reduction in breath hydrogen but not colonic volume in healthy subjects – Tim J Sloan – PLOS ONE

Profiling white wine seed vinegar bacterial diversity through viable counting, metagenomic sequencing and PCR-DGGE – Vesna Milanović – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Probiotics/prebiotics

Review: Adipose tissue inflammation and metabolic syndrome. The proactive role of probiotics – Sebastian Torres – European Journal of Nutrition

Techniques

Recognizing the reagent microbiome – Marcus C de Goffau – Nature Microbiology

More microbes

Metabolically engineered Corynebacterium glutamicum for bio-based production of chemicals, fuels, materials, and healthcare products – Judith Becker – Metabolic Engineering

Pre-print: A dual motif mediates outer-membrane translocation and packing of glycosidases into Bacteroides Outer Membrane Vesicles – Ezequiel Valguarnera – bioRxiv

The outer membrane is an essential load-bearing element in Gram-negative bacteria – Enrique R Rojas – Nature

Microbes in the news

Viruses cooperate to defeat bacteria – Aude Bernheim – Nature

23 July, 2018

Today’s digest includes exciting Microbiome events and brilliant papers on animal microbiomes. Lastly, research exploring the war on gluten.

Events

Microbiome X Regulation 1 Panel discussion on navigating the FDA

Introduction to the 4th International Symposium on Gluten-Free Cereal Products and Beverages.

General Microbiome

Antibiotic Scars Left on the Gut Microbiota from the Stringent Response. Yi H. Trends in Microbiology

Genomic inference of the metabolism and evolution of the archaeal phylum Aigarchaeota. Hua ZS. Nature Communications

Genomic Characterization of Sulphite Reducing Bacteria Isolated From the Dairy Production Chain.Doyle CJ. Frontiers in Microbiology.

How Microbial Aggregates Protect against Nanoparticle Toxicity.Tang J. Trends in Biotechnology.

Inhibition of microbial spoilage of grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus) fillets with a chitosan-based coating during refrigerated storage. Yu D. International Journal of Food Microbiology

Gut Microbiome

The gut microbiome and irritable bowel syndrome. Menees S. F1000Research

Antibiotic-induced microbiome depletion alters metabolic homeostasis by affecting gut signaling and colonic metabolism.Zarrinpar A. Nature Communications

Metaproteomics reveals associations between microbiome and intestinal extracellular vesicle proteins in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Zhang X. Nature Communications

Techniques

A rapid PCR-based method to discriminate Macrococcus caseolyticus and Macrococcus canis from closely-related Staphylococcus species based on the ctaC gene sequence. Mazhar S. Journal of Microbiological Methods

MetaVW: Large-Scale Machine Learning for Metagenomics Sequence Classification. Vervier K. Methods in Molecular Biology

Soil, Water, and Air Microbiome

Influence of new agromining cropping systems on soil bacterial diversity and the physico-chemical characteristics of an ultramafic soil. Saad RF. Science of the Total Environment

<i>Pseudomonas chlororaphis</i> produces multiple R-tailocin particles that broaden the killing spectrum and contribute to persistence in rhizosphere communities.Dorosky RJ. Applied and Environmental Microbiology

REVIEW: Microbial diversity and biogeography in Arctic soils.Malard LA. Environmental Microbiology Reports.

Impact of brine and antiscalants on reef-building corals in the Gulf of Aqaba – Potential effects from desalination plants.Petersen KL. Water Research

Mapping the Bacterial Community in Digboi Oil Refinery, India by High-Throughput Sequencing Approach. Dasgupta A.  Current Microbiology.

Chemical-, site-, and taxa-dependent benthic community health in coastal areas of the Bohai Sea and northern Yellow Sea: A sediment quality triad approach. Khim JS. Science of the Total Environment.

Animal Experiments and Microbiome

Microbial Biogeography Along the Gastrointestinal Tract of a Red Panda. Zeng Y. Frontiers in Microbiology

REVIEW:The gut microbiota of wild rodents: Challenges and opportunities. Viney M. Laboratory Animals

Genome-wide association studies of inflammatory bowel disease in German shepherd dogs. Peiravan A. PLoS One.

Effects of Rodent Diet Choice and Fiber Type on Data Interpretation of Gut Microbiome and Metabolic Disease Research.Pellizzon MA. Current Protocols in Toxicology

Non-Microbiology Hot Pick

The war on gluten. Servick K. Science.

 

 

July 13, 2018

Comparing affects of host physiology and diet on primate gut microbiomes, oral bacterial and fungal dysbiosis in people with HIV, contribution of non-fermentable dietary fiber to prevention of autoimmune neurological disease via the gut microbiota.

General microbiome

Tools for engineering coordinated system behaviour in synthetic microbial consortia – Nicolas Kylilis – Nature Communications

Human oral microbiome

Dysbiosis in the oral bacterial and fungal microbiome of HIV-infected subjects is associated with clinical and immunologic variables of HIV infection – Pranab K Mukherjee – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Dietary non-fermentable fiber prevents autoimmune neurological disease by changing gut metabolic and immune status – Kerstin Berer – Scientific Reports

Physiology and central carbon metabolism of the gut bacterium Prevotella copri – Thomas Franke – Molecular Microbiology

Chemotaxis of Escherichia coli to major hormones and polyamines present in human gut – Joana G Lopes – The ISME Journal

Stool Microbiota Composition Differs in Patients with Stomach, Colon, and Rectal Neoplasms – Omar Youssef – Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Animal experiments

Of Mice and Men . . . and Microbes: Conclusions and Cautions from a Murine Study of the Lung Microbiome and Microbiome-Immune Interactions – John E McGinniss – American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Modulation of gut microbiota by mulberry fruit polysaccharide treatment of obese diabetic db/db mice – Chun Chen – Food & Function

Evidence for the Role of the Cecal Microbiome in Maintenance of Immune Regulation and Homeostasis – Preeti Chhabra – Annals of Surgery

Human Milk Fortification with Bovine Colostrum Is Superior to Formula‐Based Fortifiers to Prevent Gut Dysfunction, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, and Systemic Infection in Preterm Pigs – Jing Sun – Journal of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Is Effective in Relieving Visceral Hypersensitivity in a Postinfectious Model – Tao Bai – BioMed Research International

Animal microbiome

First report of foregut microbial community in proboscis monkeys: Are diverse forests a reservoir for diverse microbiomes? – Takashi Hayakawa – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Evolutionary trends in host physiology outweigh dietary niche in structuring primate gut microbiomes – Katherine R Amato – The ISME Journal

The composition of the perinatal intestinal microbiota in cattle – Mohammad Jaber Alipour – Scientific Reports

Metagenomic evaluation of the effects of storage conditions on the bacterial microbiota of oysters Crassostrea gasar (Adanson, 1757) – Antonio Ostrensky – Journal of Applied Microbiology

16S rRNA sequencing reveals likely beneficial core microbes within faecal samples of the EU protected slug Geomalacus maculosus – Inga Reich – Scientific Reports

A Robust Noninvasive Approach to Study Gut Microbiota Structure of Amphibian Tadpoles by Feces – Xiaowei Song – Herpetology Research

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Isolation and characterization of two phosphate-solubilizing fungi from rhizosphere soil of moso bamboo and their functional capacities when exposed to different phosphorus sources and pH environments – Yang Zhang – PLOS ONE

Water and extremophile microbiome

Hydrothermal chimneys host habitat-specific microbial communities: analogues for studying the possible impact of mining seafloor massive sulfide deposits – Yuchen Han – Scientific Reports

Food microbiology

Changes in Quality and Microbial Succession of Lightly Salted and Sugar-Salted Blunt Snout Bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) Fillets Stored at 4°C – Yan Li – Journal of Food Protection

Review: Novel approaches for Chemical and Microbiological shelf life extension of cereal crops – Marcus Schmidt – Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

Probiotics/prebiotics

The short-term impact of probiotic consumption on the oral cavity microbiome – Erik Dassi – Scientific Reports

Bioinformatics

The evolutionary signal in metagenome phyletic profiles predicts many gene functions – Vedrana Vidulin – Microbiome

More microbes

Pre-print: Listeria monocytogenes cell-to-cell spread in epithelia is heterogeneous and dominated by rare pioneer bacteria – Fabian E Ortega – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Gut microbiota: a new way to take your vitamins – João Carlos Gomes-Neto – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

July 12, 2018

Bacteria in desert soils, mycobacteria in showerhead biofilms, metabolic diversity of microbes from commercial probiotics.

Human gut microbiome

Pre-print: Evaluating bacterial and functional diversity of human gut microbiota by complementary metagenomics and metatranscriptomics – Ravi Ranjan – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

Pre-print: Olive fruit fly rearing procedures affect the vertical transmission of the bacterial symbiont Candidatus Erwinia dacicola – Patrizia Sacchetti – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Survey of bacteria associated with western corn rootworm life stages reveals no difference between insects reared in different soils – Dalton C Ludwick – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Influences of fertilization on soil environment and microorganism in continuous cropping based on high-throughput sequencing – Zhang YiJie – Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology

Review: Consortia of cyanobacteria/microalgae and bacteria in desert soils: an underexplored microbiota – Isiri Perera – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Effects of cover crop in an apple orchard on microbial community composition, networks, and potential genes involved with degradation of crop residues in soil – Wei Zheng – Biology and Fertility of Soils

Microbial Community Level Physiological Profiles of Active Mud Volcano Soils in Andaman and Nicobar Islands – N Amaresan – National Academy Science Letters

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pre-print: Interspecies interactions mediated by conductive minerals in the sediments of the ferruginous Lake La Cruz, Spain – Amelia-Elena Rotaru – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Microbial community structure and microbial networks correspond to nutrient gradients within coastal wetlands of the Laurentian Great Lakes – Dean J Horton – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Hidden in plain sight – highly abundant and diverse planktonic freshwater Chloroflexi – Maliheh Mehrshad – bioRxiv

Built environment

Pre-print: Ecological analyses of mycobacteria in showerhead biofilms and their relevance to human health – Matthew Gebert – bioRxiv

Probiotics/prebiotics

Pre-print: Metabolic diversity of bacteria and yeast from commercial probiotic products illustrated by phenotypic profiling – Juliana Mastronunzio Ansari – bioRxiv

Phages and viruses

Pre-print: Quality control implementation for universal characterization of DNA and RNA viruses in clinical respiratory samples using single metagenomic next-generation sequencing workflow – Antonin Bal – bioRxiv

More microbes

Species-specific activity of antibacterial drug combinations – Ana Rita Brochado – Nature

Science, career, and publishing

Hot streaks in artistic, cultural, and scientific careers – Lu Liu – Nature

Amy’s non-microbiology picks

Reprogramming human T cell function and specificity with non-viral genome targeting – Theodore L Roth – Nature