July 26, 2017

General microbiome

Microbiome analysis and confocal microscopy of used kitchen sponges reveal massive colonization by Acinetobacter, Moraxella and Chryseobacterium species – Massimiliano Cardinale – Scientific Reports

Review: The mother–offspring dyad: microbial transmission, immune interactions and allergy development – Maria C. Jenmalm – Journal of Internal Medicine

Human skin microbiome

The Skin Microbiome of Cohabiting Couples – Ashley A. Ross – mSystems

Animal microbiome

Influence of Host Plant on Thaumetopoea pityocampa Gut Bacterial Community – Cinzia P. Strano – Microbial Ecology

The time-course of broiler intestinal microbiota development after administration of cecal contents to incubating eggs – Erin E. Donaldson – PeerJ

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Review: Sphingomonads in Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation: Tackling Soil Pollution – Michael Gatheru Waigi – Trends in Biotechnology

Response of soil microbial community composition and function to a bottomland forest restoration intensity gradient – Michael S. Strickland – Applied Soil Ecology

Changes of soil microbial communities during decomposition of straw residues under different land uses – Hong Zhang – Journal of Arid Land

Water and extremophile microbiome

Metagenomics of urban sewage identifies an extensively shared antibiotic resistome in China – Jian-Qiang Su – Microbiome

An anaerobic ~3400 Ma shallow-water microbial consortium: presumptive evidence of Earth’s Paleoarchean anoxic atmosphere – J. William Schopf – Precambrian Research

Iron oxides alter methanogenic pathways of acetate in production water of high-temperature petroleum reservoir – Pan Pan – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Food Microbiology

Editorial: Microbiology of Ethnic Fermented Foods and Alcoholic Beverages of the World – Jyoti P. Tamang – Frontiers in Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Specific signatures of the gut microbiota and increased levels of butyrate in children treated with fermented cow’s milk containing heat-killed Lactobacillus paracasei CBA L74 – Roberto Berni Canani – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Phages and viruses

Review : The Human Virome – Implications for Clinical Practice in Transplantation Medicine – Susanna K. Tan – Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Anitha’s non-microbiology picks

Quantum tunneling takes time, new study shows

Perovskites power up the solar industry

Scientists develop fast chemistry that unlocks a new class of polymers

Medicine’s Movable Feast: What Jumping Genes Can Teach Us about Treating Disease

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 14, 2017

Events and jobs

Postdoc, Lieberman Lab

General microbiome

Assembly of Microbial Communities in Replicate Nutrient-Cycling Model Ecosystems Follows Divergent Trajectories, Leading to Alternate Stable States – Eulyn Pagaling – Environmental Microbiology

Human respiratory microbiome

Influence of lung CT changes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on the human lung microbiome – Marion Engel – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Gut bacterial peptides with autoimmunity potential as environmental trigger for late onset complex diseases: In–silico study – Sapna Negi – PLOS ONE

Impact of environmental microbiota on human microbiota of workers in academic mouse research facilities: An observational study – Peggy S. Lai – PLOS ONE

Reduced Mass and Diversity of the Colonic Microbiome in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Their Improvement with Ketogenic Diet – Alexander Swidsinski – Frontiers in Microbiology

Longitudinal development of the gut microbiome and metabolome in preterm neonates with late onset sepsis and healthy controls – Christopher J. Stewart – Microbiome

Other Human microbiome

The oral bacterial microbiome of occlusal surfaces in children and its association with diet and caries – Apoena Aguiar Ribeiro – PLOS ONE

The oral fungal mycobiome: characteristics and relation to periodontitis in a pilot study – Brandilyn A. Peters – BMC Microbiology

Animal experiments

Three distinct pneumotypes characterize the microbiome of the lung in BALB/cJ mice – Julia Scheiermann – PLOS ONE

Assessment of gut microbiota populations in lean and obese Zucker rats – Reza Hakkak – PLOS ONE

Preparing the Gut with Antibiotics Enhances Gut Microbiota Reprogramming Efficiency by Promoting Xenomicrobiota Colonization – Shou K. Ji – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal microbiome

On the core bacterial flora of Ixodes persulcatus (Taiga tick) – Shuo Sui – PLOS ONE

Skin microbiota in frogs from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest: Species, forest type, and potential against pathogens – Ananda Brito de Assis – PLOS ONE

Brackish habitat dictates cultivable Actinobacterial diversity from marine sponges – Gregory A. Ellis – PLOS ONE

Effects of Kluyveromyces marxianus supplementation on immune responses, intestinal structure and microbiota in broiler chickens – Weiwei Wang – PLOS ONE

Dominance-function relationships in the amphibian skin microbiome – Jenifer B. Walke – Environmental Microbiology

Microbial community sequencing analysis of the calf eye microbiota and relationship to infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis – J.N.Cullen – Veterinary Microbiology

Bacterial community composition in Adélie (Pygoscelis adeliae) and Chinstrap (Pygoscelis antarctica) Penguin stomach contents from Signy Island, South Orkney Islands – W. C. Yew – Polar Biology

Taxon abundance, diversity, co-occurrence and network analysis of the ruminal microbiota in response to dietary changes in dairy cows – Ilma Tapio – PLOS ONE

Honeybee (Apis mellifera)-associated bacterial community affected by American foulbrood: detection of Paenibacillus larvae via microbiome analysis – Tomas Erban – Scientific Reports

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Shifts in the bacterial community composition along deep soil profiles in monospecific and mixed stands of Eucalyptus grandis and Acacia mangium – Arthur Prudêncio de Araujo Pereira – PLOS ONE

Maize Phyllosphere Microbial Community Niche Development Across Stages of Host Leaf Growth – Heather C. Manching – bioRxiv

Major phylum-level differences between porefluid and host rock bacterial communities in the terrestrial deep subsurface – Lily Momper – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Patterns of soil bacterial richness and composition tied to plant richness, soil nitrogen, and soil acidity in alpine tundra – Xia Yuan – Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research

Water and extremophile microbiome

Unravelling riverine microbial communities under wastewater treatment plant effluent discharge in large urban areas – Yang Huo – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Phages and viruses

Marine viruses discovered via metagenomics shed light on viral strategies throughout the oceans – Felipe H. Coutinho – Nature Communications

Science, publishing, and career

Jonathan Eisen named Faculty Director of the UC Davis Microbiome Initiative

July 6, 2017

The microbiota of spotted hyenas, a review of potential interactions between olfactory sensation and the microbiome-gut-brain axis, phylogenetic analysis of host-microbe symbioses to examine the evolution of dependence over time.

General microbiome

Synthetic Microbial Ecology: Engineering Habitats for Modular Consortia – Sami Ben Said – Frontiers in Microbiology

The evolution of host-symbiont dependence – Roberta M Fisher – Nature Communications

Review: The microbiota revolution: Excitement and caution – Maria Rescigno – European Journal of Immunology

Review: The Microbiome and Blood Pressure: Can Microbes Regulate Our Blood Pressure? – Souhaila Al Khodor – Frontiers in Pediatrics

Human oral microbiome

Suppression of αvβ6 Integrin Expression by Polymicrobial Oral Biofilms in Gingival Epithelial Cells – Jiarui Bi – Scientific Reports

Proteomic shifts in multi-species oral biofilms caused by Anaeroglobus geminatus – Kai Bao – Scientific Reports

Human vaginal microbiome

Quantifying the human vaginal community state types (CSTs) with the species specificity index – Zhanshan Ma – PeerJ

Animal experiments

Effects of iron supplementation on growth, gut microbiota, metabolomics and cognitive development of rat pups – Erica E Alexeev – PLOS ONE

Review: Disruptive physiology: olfaction and the microbiome-gut-brain axis – John Bienenstock – Biological Reviews Cambridge Philosophical Society

Effects of melanin from Sepiella Maindroni ink (MSMI) on the intestinal Microbiome of mice – Hui Dong – BMC Microbiology

Animal microbiome

The Intestinal Eukaryotic and Bacterial Biome of Spotted Hyenas: The Impact of Social Status and Age on Diversity and Composition – Emanuel Heitlinger – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Perspective: The deep, hot biosphere: Twenty-five years of retrospection – Daniel R Colman – PNAS

Draft Genome Sequence of Pseudomonas koreensis CI12, a Bacillus cereus “Hitchhiker” from the Soybean Rhizosphere – Gabriel L Lozano – Genome Announcements

Warmer winters increase the rhizosphere carbon flow to mycorrhizal fungi more than to other microorganisms in a temperate grassland – Johanna Birgander – Global Change Biology

Negative plant-phyllosphere feedbacks in native Asteraceae hosts – a novel extension of the plant-soil feedback framework – Briana K Whitaker – Ecology Letters

Water and extremophile microbiome

Size and composition of subseafloor microbial community in the Benguela upwelling area examined from intact membrane lipid and DNA analysis – Thomas W Evans – Organic Geochemistry

FurukawaMarine microbes as a valuable resource for brand new industrial biocatalysts – Azadeh Beygmoradi – Biocatalysts and Agricultural Biotechnology

Antagonistic Interactions and Biofilm Forming Capabilities Among Bacterial Strains Isolated from the Egg Surfaces of Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) – M Fujimoto – Microbial Ecology

Probiotics/prebiotics

Effects of the probiotic Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis on the non-surgical treatment of periodontitis. A histomorphometric, microtomographic and immunohistochemical study in rats – Milla S T Ricoldi – PLOS ONE

Phages and viruses

Virus-host relationships of marine single-celled eukaryotes resolved from metatranscriptomics – Mohammad Moniruzzaman – Nature Communications

Occurrence of Bacillus thuringensis Bacteriophages in the Egyptian Arid Soil – Amel S M Abo-Senna – International Journal of Virology and Molecular Biology

Bioinformatics

A conceptual framework for quality assessment and management of biodiversity data – Allan Koch Veiga – PLOS ONE

Techniques

SParticle, an algorithm for the analysis of filamentous microorganisms in submerged cultures – Joost Willemse – bioRxiv

Mapping-based all-RNA-information sequencing analysis (ARIseq) pipeline simultaneously revealed taxonomic composition, gene expression, and their correlation in an acidic stream ecosystem – Arisa Tsuboi – bioRxiv

More microbes

Review: Metabolic engineering pathways for rare sugars biosynthesis, physiological functionalities, and applications – A review – Muhammad Bilal – Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

Microbes in the news

Microbes aren’t the enemy, they’re a big part of who we are – Amy Loughman – Medical Xpress

What Cheese Can Tell Us About Antibiotic Resistance – Jason Tetro – Huffington Post Canada

Cases of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection are soaring – Medical Xpress

Helium ions reveal how viruses attack bacteria – ScienceDaily

July 5, 2017

General microbiome

Letter to the editor: Introducing the sporobiota and sporobiome – George Tetz – Gut Pathogens

Human oral microbiome

Oropharyngeal and Sputum Microbiomes Are Similar Following Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Hai-Yue Liu – Frontiers in Microbiology

Human respiratory microbiome

Review: Respiratory microbiota and lower respiratory tract disease – Miguel Lanaspa – Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy

Human gut microbiome

Review: Feeding the microbiota: transducer of nutrient signals for the host – Fergus Shanahan – Gut

Animal microbiome

Early Postnatal Diets Affect the Bioregional Small Intestine Microbiome and Ileal Metabolome in Neonatal Pigs – Brian D Piccolo – The Journal of Nutrition

Variation between the oral and faecal microbiota in a free-living passerine bird, the great tit (Parus major) – Lucie Kropáčková – Plos One

Temperature variation, bacterial diversity, and fungal infection dynamics in the amphibian skin – Ana V. Longo – Molecular Ecology

Early-Life Diet Affects Host Microbiota and Later-Life Defenses Against Parasites in Frogs – Sarah A. Knutie – Integrative & Comparitive Biology

Animal experiments

Relative variations of gut microbiota in disordered cholesterol metabolism caused by high-cholesterol diet and host genetics – Tao Bo – Microbiology Open

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Nutrient and Rainfall Additions Shift Phylogenetically Estimated Traits of Soil Microbial Communities – Kelly Gravuer – Frontiers in Microbiology

Long-term rock phosphate fertilization impacts the microbial communities of maize rhizosphere – Ubiana C. Silva – Frontiers in Microbiology

Global change and the soil microbiome: A human-health perspective – Raúl Ochoa-Hueso – Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

The Impact of Hydration and Temperature on Bacterial Diversity in Arid Soil Mesocosms – Adam Št’ovíček – Frontiers in Microbiology

Contrasting bacterial communities in two indigenous Chionochloa (Poaceae) grassland soils in New Zealand – Jocelyn C. Griffith – Plos One

Water and extremophile microbiome

Bacterial diversity and population shifts driven by spotlight wastewater micropollutants in low-temperature highly nitrifying activated sludge – Antonina Kruglova – JScience of The Total Environment

Probiotics / prebiotics

The potential synergistic behaviour of inter- and intra-genus probiotic combinations in the pattern and rate of short chain fatty acids formation during fibre fermentation – Warnakulasuriya M. A. D. B. Fernando – International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition

Review: Structural features underlying prebiotic activity of conventional and potential prebiotic oligosaccharides in food and health – Subin R. C. K. Rajendran – Journal of Food Biochemistry

Phages and viruses

Case control comparison of enteric viromes in captive rhesus macaques with acute or idiopathic chronic diarrhea – Beatrix Kapusinszky – Journal of Virology

A viral metagenomic approach on a non-metagenomic experiment: Mining next generation sequencing datasets from pig DNA identified several porcine parvoviruses for a retrospective evaluation of viral infections – Samuele Bovo – Plos One

Bioinformatics

Does colorectal cancer significantly influence the assembly of gut microbial communities? – Lin Dai – PeerJ

Review: Using metagenomics to investigate human and environmental resistomes – Johan Bengtsson-Palme – Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

RRmix: A method for simultaneous batch effect correction and analysis of metabolomics data in the absence of internal standards – Stephen Salerno Jr – Plos One

Predicting the ecological quality status of marine environments from eDNA metabarcoding data using supervised machine learning – Tristan Cordier – Environmental Science and Technology

Anitha’s non-microbiology picks

AI is changing how we do science. Get a glimpse

Scientists explain ancient Rome’s long-lasting concrete

July 3, 2017

 

Pregnancy and early life
Maternal inheritance of bifidobacterial communities and bifidophages in infants through vertical transmission – Sabrina Duranti –  Microbiome

 
Mini Review: The microbiome and disorders of the central nervous system – Valeria D. Felice – Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior

 
Human respiratory microbiome

 
Short Report: The metabolic footprint of the airway bacterial community in cystic fibrosis – Vaishnavi Narayanamurthy – Microbiome

 
Human gut microbiome

 
Gut microbial transformation of the dietary imidazoquinoxaline mutagen MeIQx reduces its cytotoxic and mutagenic potency – Jianbo Zhang –  Toxicological Science

 
Review: Practical considerations for large-scale gut microbiome studies – Doris Vandeputte – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

 
Association of altered gut microbiota composition with chronic urticaria – Edris Nabizadeh – Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

 
Animal microbiome 

 
A genomic investigation of ecological differentiation between free-living and Drosophila-associated bacteria – Nathan J. Winans –  Molecular Ecology

 
The Gut Bacterial Community Composition of Wild Cervus albirostris (White-Lipped Deer) Detected by the 16S Ribosomal RNA Gene Sequencing – Jun-gang Li –  Current Microbiology

 
Microbial influence on Drosophila biology – ME Martino – Current Opinion in Microbiology

 
Plant, root, and soil microbiome

 
Organic carbon and nitrogen availability determine bacterial community composition in paddy fields of the Indo-Gangetic plain – Arvind Kumar –  Biotech

 

Water and extremophile microbiome

 
Spatiotemporal Dynamics of the Bacterial Microbiota on Lacustrine Cladophora glomerata (Chlorophyta) – Michael J. Braus –  bioRxiv

 
Quantity and quality of particulate organic matter controls bacterial production in the Columbia River estuary – Byron C. Crump – Limnology and Oceanography

 
Relating genomic characteristics to environmental preferences and ubiquity in different microbial taxa – Marta Cobo-Simón –  BMC Genomics

 
Comparison of four DNA extraction methods for comprehensive assessment of 16S rRNA bacterial diversity in marine biofilms using high-throughput sequencing – Natàlia Corcoll – FEMS Microbiology Letters

 
Food microbiology

 

Cleaning and disinfection of biofilms composed of Listeria monocytogenes and background microbiota from meat processing surfaces – Annette Fagerlund – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

 

Probiotics / prebiotics

 
A human gut commensal ferments cranberry carbohydrates to produce formate – Ezgi Özcan – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

 
Review: Lifestyles in transition: evolution and natural history of the genus Lactobacillus – Rebbeca M. Duar – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

 
Phages and viruses

 
Synergistic elimination of bacteria by phage and the innate immune system – Chung Yin (Joey) Leung – Journal of Theoretical Biology

 
Biotechnology

 
Effect of zinc oxide nanoparticles on nitrogen removal, microbial activity and microbial community of CANON process in a membrane bioreactor – Xiaojing Zhang – Bioresource Technology

 
Microbes in the news

 
A new approach to tackling drug-resistant bacteria

New technology to cool the body: make the clothes made of microorganisms

 
Microbes on the market (news about biotech companies)

 
New Belgian Biotech will use Microorganisms to Replace Pesticides and Fertilizers

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