December 7, 2017

Meta-analysis of a collection of gut microbiome studies, characterization of two dandelion viruses, evaluation of an inclusive Research Education Community for engaging undergraduates in scientific research.

General microbiome

Bacterial social interactions and the emergence of community-intrinsic properties – Jonas Stenløkke Madsen – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Pregnancy and early life

Pre-print: Hospitalized premature infants are colonized by related bacterial strains with distinct proteomic profiles – Christopher T Brown – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiota in early life and its influence on health and disease: A position paper by the Malaysian Working Group on Gastrointestinal Health – Yeong Yeh Lee – Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

Animal experiments

Moving beyond microbiome-wide associations to causal microbe identification – Neeraj K Surana – Nature

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus causes increased condensed tannins concentrations in shoots but decreased in roots of Lotus japonicus L – Zakaria M Solaiman – Rhizosphere

Shifts in soil microbial community, soil enzymes and crop yield under peanut/maize intercropping with reduced nitrogen levels – Jun Chen – Applied Soil Ecology

Multifarious plant growth promotion by an entomopathogenic fungus Lecanicillium psalliotae – C M Senthil Kumar – Microbiological Research

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pre-print: Optogenetics reprogramming of planktonic cells for biofilm formation – Aiguo Xia – bioRxiv

Phages and viruses

Pre-print: Molecular Identification and Characterization of Two Rubber Dandelion Amalgaviruses – Humberto J Debat – bioRxiv

Internalization of a polysialic acid-binding Escherichia coli bacteriophage into eukaryotic neuroblastoma cells – Timo A Lehti – Nature Communications

Bioinformatics

Pre-print: Personalized modeling of the human gut microbiome reveals distinct bile acid deconjugation and biotransformation potential in healthy and IBD individuals – Almut Heinken – bioRxiv

Meta-analysis of gut microbiome studies identifies disease-specific and shared responses – Claire Duvallet – Nature Communications

Techniques

In vitro enteroid-derived three-dimensional tissue model of human small intestinal epithelium with innate immune responses – Ying Chen – PLOS ONE

More microbes

Galectin-3 impacts Cryptococcus neoformans infection through direct antifungal effects – Fausto Almeida – Nature Communications

Microbes in the news

Lemur study highlights role of diet in shaping gut microbiome – Erin Mckenney – Phys.Org

What Bacteria Can Tell Us About Human Evolution – Tara C Smith – Quanta Magazine

Duke launches new microbiome center, reflecting popularity of microbiome studies – Sean Cho – Duke Chronicle

Study shows first extensive and stable microbiome remodeling via B. infantis in infants – Weber Shandwick – EurekAlert

Air-eating bacteria found in Antarctica – Cosmos

The Microbes Making Themselves at Home on the Space Station – Marina Koren – The Atlantic

Microbes on the market

Breakthrough Evidence on Vomaris Bioelectric Technology’s Impact on Wound Biofilm Infection – PR Newswire

Precision Driven Health and Orion Health release Microbiome report – Voxy

Worldwide microbiome drugs market is likely to grow substantially by 2022 – Digital Journal

Science, career, and publishing

How to Keep Students in Science – Howard Hughes Medical Institute

An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning – David I Hanauer – PNAS

Pre-print: Assessing the Landscape of U.S. Postdoctoral Salaries – Rodoniki Athanasiadou – bioRxiv

Editorial: Great mentoring is key for the next generation of scientists – Nature

Amy’s non-microbiology picks

Organocalcium-mediated nucleophilic alkylation of benzene – Andrew S S Wilson – Science

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November 28, 2017

Identification of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria important for dark ocean carbon fixation, effects of antibiotic exposure to the maternal gut microbiota extend to offspring in mice and enhance colitis, a review on genome mining for natural products discovery.

Events and jobs

Postdoc position on biofilm-mediated co-evolution of industrial strains – Biologisk Institut, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Human skin microbiome

Measuring the microbiome of chronic wounds with use of a topical antimicrobial dressing – A feasibility study – Lindsay Kalan – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Pre-print: Endospores and other lysis-resistant bacteria comprise a widely shared core community within the human microbiota – Sean M Kearney – bioRxiv

Opinion: Human Gut Microbiome: Function Matters – Anna Heintz-Buschart – Trends in Microbiology

Review: The gut microbiome, symptoms, and targeted interventions in children with cancer: a systematic review – Jinbing Bai – Supportive Care in Cancer

Animal experiments

Intergenerational transfer of antibiotic-perturbed microbiota enhances colitis in susceptible mice – Anjelique F Schulfer – Nature Microbiology

Canagliflozin reduces plasma uremic toxins and alters the intestinal microbiota composition in a chronic kidney disease mouse model – Eikan Mishima – American Journal of Physiology, Renal Physiology

Insect-based diet, a promising nutritional source, modulates gut microbiota composition and SCFAs production in laying hens – Luca Borrelli – Scientific Reports

Animal microbiome

Comparison of the gut microbiota composition between wild and captive sika deer (Cervus nippon hortulorum) from feces by high-throughput sequencing – Yu Guan – AMB Express

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Pre-print: The effects of host species and sexual dimorphism differ among root, leaf and flower microbiomes of wild strawberries in situ – Na Wei – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome

Major role of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in dark ocean carbon fixation – Maria G Pachiadaki – Science

Investigating the bacterial community and amoebae population in rural domestic wastewater reclamation for irrigation – Bingjian Cui – Journal of Environmental Sciences

Phages and viruses

Review: Viruses of archaea: Structural, functional, environmental and evolutionary genomics – Mart Krupovic – Virus Research

Bioinformatics

Review: Omics-based natural product discovery and the lexicon of genome mining – Henrique Machado – Current Opinion in Microbiology

More microbes

Chromosome level assembly and secondary metabolite potential of the parasitic fungus Cordyceps militaris – Glenna J Kramer – BMC Genomics

Genomic assessment in Lactobacillus plantarum links the butyrogenic pathway with glutamine metabolism – Cristian Botta – Scientific Reports

Microbes in the news

Researchers conduct novel wheat microbiome analysis under four management strategies – Phys.Org

Fertility clinics treat abnormal vaginal bacteria aiming to improve reproductive outcome – Medical Xpress

Microbe threat to Mars – Andrew Masterson – Cosmos

Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria – Kerry Grens – The Scientist

Despite Their Tiny Genome, A Beetle’s Bacteria Pack A Big Punch – Julianna LeMieux – American Council on Science and Health

CRISPR Harnessed to Turn Bacteria into Microscopic Tape Recorders – Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Bacteria hysteria

Warning: Those lipstick samples could be loaded with poop, investigation finds – Mandy Matney – Sacramento Bee

Science, career, and publishing

Pre-print: A design framework and exemplar metrics for FAIRness – Mark D Wilkinson – bioRxiv

November 1, 2017

Happy November everybody! We have an interesting collection of articles today. Co-cultivation of plant beneficial fungi as an effective strategy to modulate the production of bioactive metabolites and a review on the benefits of berries and their phytochemicals on the digestive and immune systems. Enjoy!

Events and jobs

Microbiology Lab Assistant – Seattle, Washington – Labcorp

General microbiome

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

Human respiratory microbiome

Review : CF Airway Microbiome: Overturning the Old, Opening the Way for the New – George A. O’Toole – Journal of Bacteriology

Human oral microbiome

Effect of maltitol-containing chewing gum use on the composition of dental plaque microbiota in subjects with active dental caries – Erica M. Prosdocimi – Journal of Oral Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

The circulating microbiome signature and inferred functional metagenomics in alcoholic hepatitis – Puneet Puri – Hepatology

Diet, Environments, and Gut Microbiota. A Preliminary Investigation in Children Living in Rural and Urban Burkina Faso and Italy – Carlotta De Filippo – Frontiers in Microbiology

Gut microbiome of mothers delivering prematurely shows reduced diversity and lower relative abundance of Bifidobacterium and Streptococcus – Cecilie Dahl – Plos One

Review : Systematic review of the effects of the intestinal microbiota on selected nutrients and non-nutrient – Colette Shortt – European Journal of Nutrition

Cereal products derived from wheat, sorghum, rice and oats alter the infant gut microbiota in vitro – Hasinika K. A. H. Gamage – Scientific Reports

Animal experiments

Antibiotic treatment disrupts bacterial communities in the colon and rectum of SIV-infected macaques – Alexander S. Zevin – FEMS Microbiology Letters

Ophiopogonin D alleviates high-fat diet–induced metabolic syndrome and changes the structure of gut microbiota in mice – Siyu Chen – The FASEB Journal

Animal microbiome

Bacterial Species Identified on the Skin of Bottlenose Dolphins Off Southern California via Next Generation Sequencing Techniques – Corey D. Russo – Microbial Ecology

Skin and fur bacterial diversity and community structure on American southwestern bats: effects of habitat, geography and bat traits – Ara S. Winter – PeerJ

Analysis of the Microbial Diversity in the Fecal Material of Giraffes – Jessica M. Schmidt – Current Microbiology

Morphological and genetic factors shape the microbiome of a seabird species (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) more than environmental and social factors – Douglas S. Pearce – Microbiome

Metabolomics

Plasma Metabolites From Choline Pathway and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in the PREDIMED (Prevention With Mediterranean Diet) Study – Marta Guasch-Ferré – Journal of the American Heart Association

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Strong Regionality and Dominance of Anaerobic Bacterial Taxa Characterize Diazotrophic Bacterial Communities of the Arcto-Alpine Plant Species Oxyria digyna and Saxifraga oppositifolia – Manoj Kumar – Frontiers in Microbiology

An endophytic Bacillus strain promotes growth of oil palm seedling by fine root biofilm formation – MdHoirul Azri – Rhizosphere

Effect of auxin producing and phosphate solubilizing bacteria on mobility of soil phosphorus, growth rate, and P acquisition by wheat plants – Guzel R. Kudoyarova – Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

Contrasting effects of ammonium and nitrate additions on the biomass of soil microbial communities and enzyme activities in subtropical China – Chuang Zhang – Biogeosciences

Impact of land use change and soil organic carbon quality on microbial diversity in soils across Europe – Márton Szoboszlay – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Microbial Diversity and Community Structure of Sulfate-Reducing and Sulfur-Oxidizing Bacteria in Sediment Cores from the East China Sea – Yu Zhang – Frontiers in Microbiology

Rhizosphere-associated Pseudomonas induce systemic resistance to herbivores at the cost of susceptibility to bacterial pathogens – Cara H. Haney – Molecular Ecology

*Co-Culture of Plant Beneficial Microbes as Source of Bioactive Metabolites – F. Vinale – Scientific Reports

Introducing BASE: the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments soil microbial diversity database – Andrew Bissett – Gigascience

Water and extremophile microbiome

Anaerobic digestion of spent mushroom substrate under thermophilic conditions: performance and microbial community analysis – Zheng Xiao – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Metagenomic characterization of biofilter microbial communities in a full-scale drinking water treatment plant – Seungdae Oh – Water Research

Distinct microbial communities in the active and permafrost layers on the Tibetan Plateau – Yong-Liang Chen – Molecular Ecology

Community composition and assembly processes of the free-living and particle-attached bacteria in Taihu Lake – Dayong Zhao – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Food Microbiology

Anti-obesity Effect of Exopolysaccharides Isolated from Kefir Grains – Juha Lim – J. Agric. Food Chem

Modulating Effects of Dicaffeoylquinic Acids from Ilex Kudingcha on Intestinal Microecology in vitro – Minhao Xie – Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry

*Review of the health effects of berries and their phytochemicals on the digestive and immune systems – Coen Govers – Nutrition Reviews

Probiotics / prebiotics

Single-species versus dual-species probiotic supplementation as an emerging therapeutic strategy for obesity – G.Karimi – Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases

Bioinformatics

ROCker: accurate detection and quantification of target genes in short-read metagenomic data sets by modeling sliding-window bitscores – Luis H. Orellana – Nucleic Acids Research

Phages and viruses

Review : Assessing Species Diversity Using Metavirome Data: Methods and Challenges – Damayanthi Herath – Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal

Microbes in the news

Caves Host Gooey Biofilms Built by Methane-Eating Bacteria

3D Printed Artificial Small Intestine to Advance Research on Gut Bacteria

Enzymes from dangerous bacteria turn into important tools for protein chemistry

Microbes on the market

The University Medical Center Groningen and Novogene announce the start of the 10K Metagenome Project

Science, publishing, and career

Book Chapter : Leading Change in Undergraduate STEM Education – Adam K. Leibovich – Educational and Outreach Projects from the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative Undergraduate and Graduate Education Volume 1

Anitha’s non-microbiology picks

Congratulations Nancy Scherich! The winner of this year’s ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ contest

ROSINA spectral measurements bring comet’s chemistry to life

Scary as they are, few vampires have a backbone

 

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 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