October 20, 2021

General microbiome

[REVIEW]Controlled Complexity: Optimized Systems to Study the Role of the Gut Microbiome in Host Physiology – Glowacki, Engelhart & Ahern – Frontiers in Microbiology

[REVIEW]Microbiota-brain interactions: Moving toward mechanisms in model organisms – Nagpal & Cryan – Neuron

Functional attractors in microbial community assembly – Estrela et al. – Cell Systems

Bloodstream infections’ origins following fecal microbiota transplantation: a strain- level analysis – Eshel et al. – Blood Advances

Probiotic consumption influences universal adaptive mutations in indigenous human and mouse gut microbiota – Ma et al. – Communications Biology

Multi-site human microbiome

[PREPRINT]Obesity influences composition of salivary and fecal microbiota and impacts the interactions between bacterial taxa – Bombin et al. – bioRxiv

Human vaginal microbiome

Does probiotics work for bacterial vaginosis and vulvovaginal candidiasis – Han & Ren – Current Opinion in Pharmacology

Human gut microbiome

A meta-analysis study of the robustness and universality of gut microbiome-metabolome associations – Muller, Algavi & Borenstein – Microbiome

Specific gut microbiome signatures and the associated pro-inflamatory functions are linked to pediatric allergy and acquisition of immune tolerance – de Filippis et al. – Nature Communications

Drinking Water Source and Intake Are Associated with Distinct Gut Microbiota Signatures in US and UK Populations – Vanhaecke et al. – The Journal of Nutrition

The Gut Microbiota during a Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention – Stanislawski et al. – Nutrients

Effect of chewing betel nut on the gut microbiota of Hainanese – Ying et al. – PLOS One

[PREPRINT]Codiversification of gut microbiota with humans – Suzuki et al. – bioRxiv

Response to PD-1-Based Immunotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Altered by Gut Microbiota – He et al. – Oncology and Therapy

Human metabolome

Changes in serum and urinary metabolomic profile after a dietary intervention in patients with irritable bowel syndrome – Nybacka et al. – PLOS One

The influence of the gut microbiome on BCG-induced trained immunity – Strazar et al. – Genome Biology

Animal microbiome

Weaning age and its effect on the development of the swine gut microbiome and resistome – Holman et at. – bioRxiv

Sandalwood seed oil improves insulin sensitivity in high-fat/high-sucrose diet-fed rats associated with altered intestinal microbiota and its metabolites – Gao et al. – Food & Function

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Active virus-host interactions at sub-freezing temperatures in Arctic peat soil – Trubl et al. – Microbiome

Water and extremophile microbiome (sea, rivers, lakes, glaciers, permafrost, high-salt)

PREPRINT[]Bacterial, phytoplankton, and viral dynamics of meromictic Lake Cadagno offer insights into the Proterozoic ocean microbial loop – Saini et al. – bioRxiv

Metagenomic analysis provides functional insights into seasonal change of a non-cyanobacterial prokaryotic community in temperate coastal waters – Matsumoto et al. – PLOS One

[PREPRINT]Survival of hatchery grown native oysters is associated with specific gut-associated bacteria at various locations within the Puget Sound – Kunselmann et al. – bioRxiv

Built environment (subways, indoor surfaces)

Microbial colonization and resistome dynamics in food processing environments of a newly opened pork cutting industry during 1.5 years of activity – Cobo-Diaz et al. – Microbiome

Food microbiology

Effects of ultrasound treatments on wine microorganisms – Munoz et al. – Ultrasonics Sonochemistry

Effect of roasting conditions on cocoa bioactivity and gut microbiota modulation – Maldonado-Mateus et al. – Food & Function


[PREPRINT]Development of a metatranscriptomic analysis method for multiple intestinal sites and its application to the common marmoset intestine – Uehara et al. – bioRxiv

Recovery of strain-resolved genomes from human microbiome through an integration framework of single-cell genomics and metagenomics – Arikawa et al. – Microbiome

[PREPRINT]Metagenome assembly of high-fidelity long reads with hifiasm-meta – Feng et al. – arXiv.org

Fast and Accurate Distance-based Phylogenetic Placement using Divide and Conquer – Balaban et al. – Molecular Ecology Resources

Microbes in the news (popular press, EurekAlert, ScienceDaily, Youtube, NPR, etc)

Should You Get a Microbiome Test? – Anahad O’Connor – New York Times

October 8, 2021

Today’s digest features a metagenomic meta-study on faecal microbiota transplantation, RibDif for count and compare 16S rRNA genes within a genus, and more. Also, there is a new FEMS Microbiology Letters collection of articles highlighting the evolution of education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is still time to join in the second 🌎 Microbiome Virtual International Forum 🌏. Recordings from previous MVIF can be found here.

And, the #Microber2021 just started! Check out this microbe edition of #Inktober drawing challenge – during October, every day a new scientific art on microbiology topic.

Global microbiome

Cultivating Healthy Connections: Exploring and Engineering the Microbial Flow That Shapes Microbiomes – Travis J. Wiles – mSystems

Neonatal microbiome

Presence of distinctive microbiome in the first-pass meconium of newborn infants – Jenni Turunen – Scientific Reports

Respiratory microbiome

Divergence of bacterial communities in the lower airways of CF patients in early childhood – John B. O’Connor – PlosOne

Gut microbiome

Drivers and Determinants of Strain Dynamics Following Faecal Microbiota Transplantation – Thomas Schmidt – bioRxiv

Western and non-western gut microbiomes reveal new roles of Prevotella in carbohydrate metabolism and mouth–gut axis – Vishnu Prasoodanan P. K. – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

Animal microbiome

Phylogenetic systematics of Butyrivibrio and Pseudobutyrivibrio genomes illustrate vast taxonomic diversity, open genomes and an abundance of carbohydrate-active enzyme family isoforms – Sara E. Pidcock – Microbial Genomics

Animal experiment

Metabolic modulation of tumours with engineered bacteria for immunotherapy – Fernando P. Canale – Nature

Citrobacter amalonaticus Inhibits the Growth of Citrobacter rodentium in the Gut Lumen – Caroline Mullineaux-Sanders – mBio

Regulation of blood–brain barrier integrity by microbiome-associated methylamines and cognition by trimethylamine N-oxide – Lesley Hoyles – bioRxiv

Effects of prebiotic oligofructose-enriched inulin on gut-derived uremic toxins and disease progression in rats with adenine-induced chronic kidney disease – Ebru Melekoglu – PlosOne

Plant microbiome

Prevalence and Specificity of Chemoreceptor Profiles in Plant-Associated Bacteria – Claudia Sanchis-López – mSystems


Bacteriocinogenic lactic acid bacteria in the traditional cereal-based beverage Boza: a genomic and functional approach – Luciano Lopes Queiroz – bioRxiv


metaGEM: reconstruction of genome scale metabolic models directly from metagenomes – Francisco Zorrilla – Nucleic Acids Research

RibDif: can individual species be differentiated by 16S sequencing? – Mikael Lenz Strube – Bioinformatics Advances

eggNOG-mapper v2: Functional Annotation, Orthology Assignments, and Domain Prediction at the Metagenomic Scale – Carlos P Cantalapiedra – Molecular Biology and Evolution

Sequencing DNA with nanopores: Troubles and biases – Clara Delahaye and Jacques Nicolas – PlosOne

Webinars &c

Conference: Microbiome Virtual International Conference #MVIF – October 14 (Pacific Live)/15 (Atlantic Reply)

Webinar: EMBARK Fall Webinars – a webinar series focused on AMR research

Microscopy Live! – Geology – an hour of live electron microscopy, guided by the audience – Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (October 29)

For more, check out a collection of microbiome events HERE!

Happy #Microber2021, sci-art October!

October 06, 2021

General microbiome

The intestinal 3M (microbiota, metabolism, metabolome) Zeitgeist – from fundamentals to future challenges – Dey et al. – Free Radical Biology and Medicine

Pregnancy and early life

Gut microbiota changes in preeclampsia, abnormal placental growth and healthy pregnant women – Huang et al. – BMC Microbiology

Human respiratory microbiome

Refinement of microbiota analysis of specimens from patients with respiratory infections using next-generation sequencing – Ikegami et al. – Scientific Reports

Human skin microbiome

Experimental Dermatology Special Issue with Focus on ‘Skin microbiome and antimicrobial peptides’

Human gut microbiome

[REVIEW]Gut microbiome in pediatric acute leukemia: from predisposition to cure – Masetti et al. – Blood Advances

Animal microbiome

Effects of moderate exercise on hepatic amino acid and fatty acid composition, liver transcriptome, and intestinal microbiota in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) – Zhang et al. – Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics

Metagenomic Sequencing Reveals that High-Grain Feeding Alters the Composition and Metabolism of Cecal Microbiota and Induces Cecal Mucosal Injury in Sheep – Xie, Wang & Mao – mSystems

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Biodegradable and conventional microplastics exhibit distinct microbiome, functionality, and metabolome changes in soil – Sun et al. – Journal of Hazardous Materials

Soil microbiota and microarthropod communities in oil contaminated sites in the European Subarctic – Melekhina et al. – Scientific Reports

Fast and persistent responses of alpine permafrost microbial communities to in situ warming – Perez-Mon et al. – Science of The Total Environment

Built environment (subways, indoor surfaces)

Environmental dynamics of hospital microbiome upon transfer from a major hospital to a new facility – Ashokan et al. – Journal of Infection


[Commentary]Predicting Microbiome Metabolism and Interactions through Integrating Multidisciplinary Principles – Schmidt, Ghadermazi & Chan – mSystems

Uniform Manifold Approximation and Projection (UMAP) Reveals Composite Patterns and Resolves Visualization Artifacts in Microbiome Data – Armstrong et al. – mSystems

October 5, 2021

Today’s digest includes a description of how probiotics modulate B cells in Peyer’s patches published in Microbiome, a review in ISME on microbial storage in soil and multiple recent Cell Host & Microbe articles covering the plant immune system and colonisation resistance to Salmonella and Klebsiella.

General microbiome

Single-colony sequencing reveals microbe-by-microbiome phylosymbiosis between the cyanobacterium Microcystis and its associated bacteria – Pérez-Carrascal et al. Microbiome

Molecular basis of a bacterial-amphibian symbiosis revealed by comparative genomics, modeling, and functional testing – Brunetti et al. ISME

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiota involved in leptospiral infections – Xie et al. ISME

Identification of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii strains for gut microbiome-based intervention in Alzheimer’s-type dementia – Ueda et al. Cell Reports Medicine

Fecal microbial transplantation and fiber supplementation in patients with severe obesity and metabolic syndrome: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial – Mocanu et al. Nature Medicine

Gut bacteria identified in colorectal cancer patients promote tumourigenesis via butyrate secretion – Okumura et al. Nature Communications

E. coli enhance colonization resistance against Salmonella Typhimurium by competing for galactitol, a context-dependent limiting carbon source – Eberl et al. Cell Host & Microbe

Klebsiella oxytoca causes colonization resistance against multidrug-resistant K. pneumoniae in the gut via cooperative carbohydrate competition – Osbelt et al. Cell Host & Microbe

Human Oral Microbiome

Distinct B cell subsets in Peyer’s patches convey probiotic effects by Limosilactobacillus reuteri – Liu et al. Microbiome

Human Oral Microbiome

Metagenomic analysis of ancient dental calculus reveals unexplored diversity of oral archaeal Methanobrevibacter – Granehäll et al. Microbiome

Soil & Plant microbiomes

[REVIEW] Microbial storage and its implications for soil ecology – Mason-Jones et al. ISME

Gammaproteobacteria, a core taxon in the guts of soil fauna, are potential responders to environmental concentrations of soil pollutants – Zhang et al. Microbiome

Plant immune system activation is necessary for efficient root colonization by auxin-secreting beneficial bacteria – Tzipilevich et al. Cell Host & Microbe

October 1, 2021

Multi-site human microbiome

Diagnostic and prognostic potential of the oral and gut microbiome for lung adenocarcinoma – Lim et al. – Clinical and Translational Medicine

Human oral microbiome

Individuals with substance use disorders have a distinct oral microbiome pattern – Kosciolek et al. – Brain, Behavior, & Immunity – Health

Human skin microbiome

[REVIEW]The Dynamics of Skin Microbiota in Shoulder Surgery Infections – Fatima, Bjarnsholt & Bay – Journal of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Human gut microbiome

[REVIEW]Mucins, gut microbiota, and postbiotics role in colorectal cancer – Pothuraju et al. – Gut Microbes

Age and the aging process significantly alter the small bowel microbiome – Leite et al. – Cell Reports

Animal experiments (mouse/rat experiments, chickens/pigs on different diets)

Guidelines for reporting on animal fecal transplantation (GRAFT) studies: recommendations from a systematic review of murine transplantation protocols – Secombe et al. – Gut Microbes

Alpha-synuclein alters the faecal viromes of rats in a gut-initiated model of Parkinson’s disease – Stockdale et al. – Communications Biology

[PREPRINT]First trimester gut microbiome induces Inflammation-dependent gestational diabetes phenotype in mice – Pinto et al. – medRxiv

[PREPRINT]High-resolution genetic mapping of the mucosa-associated gut microbiome in hybrid mice provides novel insight on the impact of host genetics – Doms et al. – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Effects of microplastics on soil microbiome: The impacts of polymer type, shape, and concentration – Sun et al. – Science of the total Environment


Long-read metagenomics of multiple displacement amplified DNA of low-biomass human gut phageomes by SACRA preprocessing chimeric reads – Kiguchi et al. – DNA Research

BiG-MAP: an Automated Pipeline To Profile Metabolic Gene Cluster Abundance and Expression in Microbiomes – Andreu et al. – mSystems

Increasing the power of interpretation for soil metaproteomics data – Jouffret – Microbiome

September 30, 2021

Today’s digest includes a quantification of bacterial strains after fecal microbiota transplantation, a network analysis of the strawberry greenhouse soil microbiome after soil amendments, and an article about enhanced copper-resistance genes in Alteromonas macleodii. Also included are multiple preprints on topics such as denitrification pathways present in tunda soil metagenomes as well as the response of Endozoicomonas, a core coral bacterial group, to heat stress and host lysates.

General microbiome

Genomic population structure associated with repeated escape of Salmonella enterica ATCC14028s from the laboratory into nature – Achtman et al. – PLOS Genetics

Preprint: Role of the mobilome in the global dissemination of the carbapenem resistance gene blaNDM – Acman et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Existence of log-phase Escherichia coli persisters and lasting memory of a starvation pulse – Svenningsen et al. – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

Precise quantification of bacterial strains after fecal microbiota transplantation delineates long-term engraftment and explains outcomes – Aggarwala et al. – Nature Microbiology

Animal microbiome

A role for arthropods as vectors of multidrug-resistant Enterobacterales in surgical site infections from South Asia – Hassan et al. – Nature Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Response of soil microbiome structure and its network profiles to four soil amendments in monocropping strawberry greenhouse – Liu et al. – PLOS One

Preprint: Truncated denitrifiers dominate the denitrification pathway in tundra soil metagenomes – Pessi et al. – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome

Preprint: Response of Endozoicomonas montiporae to heat stress and coral host lysates – Chan et al. – bioRxiv

Enhanced copper-resistance gene repertoire in Alteromonas macleodii strains isolated from copper-treated marine coatings – Cusick et al. – PLOS One

Bacterial community structure of early-stage biofilms is dictated by temporal succession rather than substrate types in the southern coastal seawater of India – Sushmitha et al. – PLOS One

Preprint: Ecological stochasticity and phage induction diversify bacterioplankton communities at the microscale – Szabo et al. – bioRxiv

September 28, 2021

Retraction Note

Retraction Note: IspH inhibitors kill Gram-negative bacteria and mobilize immune clearance – Singh et al. – Nature

Human oral microbiome

Oral Microbiota Profile of Individuals Who Abuse Methamphetamine – Yang et al. – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

The baseline oral microbiota predicts the response of locally advanced oral squamous cell carcinoma patients to induction chemotherapy: A prospective longitudinal study – Rui et al. – Radiotherapy and Oncology

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiome in people living with HIV is associated with impaired thiamine and folate syntheses – Park et al. – Microbial Pathogenesis

[REVIEW]The impact of pelvic radiotherapy on the gut microbiome and its role in radiation-induced diarrhoea: a systematic review – Wang et al. – BMC Radiation Oncology

[REVIEW]Gut Microbiota-Mediated Modulation of Cancer Progression and Therapy Efficacy – Cheng et al. – Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology

Animal experiments (mouse/rat experiments, chickens/pigs on different diets)

Xylanase impact beyond performance: A microbiome approach in laying hens – van Hoeck et al. – PLOS One

Dysbiosis of the gut microbiome impairs mouse skeletal muscle adaptation to exercise – Valentino et al. – The Journal of Physiology

Lactic Acid Bacteria Strains Differently Modulate Gut Microbiota and Metabolic and Immunological Parameters in High-Fat Diet-Fed Mice – Fabersani et al. – Frontiers in Nutrition

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Alteration of Gut Microbiota of a Food-Storing Hibernator, Siberian Chipmunk Tamias sibiricus – Zhou, Wang & Yi – Microbial Ecology

[PREPRINT]Bacterial community dynamics during embryonic development of the little skate (Leucoraja erinacea) – Mika et al. – bioRxiv

Multi-omics reveals the positive leverage of plant secondary metabolites on the gut microbiota in a non-model mammal – Wang et al. – Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Trophic level drives the host microbiome of soil invertebrates at a continental scale – Zhu et al. – Microbiome

Water and extremophile microbiome (sea, rivers, lakes, glaciers, permafrost, high-salt)

Genomic signatures of Lake Erie bacteria suggest interaction in the Microcystis phycosphere – Hoke et al. – PLOS One

Microbial river-to-sea continuum: gradients in benthic and planktonic diversity, osmoregulation and nutrient cycling – Tee et al. – Microbiome

Response and oil degradation activities of a northeast Atlantic bacterial community to biogenic and synthetic surfactants – Nikolova et al. – Microbiome

Built environment (subways, indoor surfaces)

The short-term effect of residential home energy retrofits on indoor air quality and microbial exposure: A case-control study – Nguyen, Holmes & Angenent – PLOS One

September 01, 2021

General microbiome

Circulating microbiome DNA: An emerging paradigm for cancer liquid biopsy – Chen et al. – Cancer letters

Human-associated microbiota suppress invading bacteria even under disruption by antibiotics – Letten et al. – The ISME Journal

[PERSPECTIVE]Crosstalk between γδ T cells and the microbiota – Papotto, Yilmaz & Silva-Santos – Nature Microbiology

Pregnancy and early life

Key bacterial taxa and metabolic pathways affecting gut short-chain fatty acid profiles in early life – Tsukuda et al. – The ISME Journal

Deterministic transition of enterotypes shapes the infant gut microbiome at an early age – Xiao et al. – Genome Biology

Human oral microbiome

[REVIEW]Association between metabolic syndrome and periodontitis: The role of lipids, inflammatory cytokines, altered host response, and the microbiome – Pirih et al. – Periodontology 2000

[REVIEW]Fungal diseases: Oral dysbiosis in susceptible hosts – Villar & Dongari-Bagtzoglou – Periodontology 2000

[REVIEW]The oral microbiome: Role of key organisms and complex networks in oral health and disease – Sedghi et al. – Periodontology 2000

Human gut microbiome

Human reference gut microbiome catalog including newly assembled genomes from under-represented Asian metagenomes – Kim et al. – Genome Medicine

[REVIEW]The promise of the gut microbiome as part of individualized treatment strategies – Schupack et al. – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

[REVIEW]The gut microbiome and efficacy of cancer immunotherapy – Robiello et al. – Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Integrated analysis of the faecal metagenome and serum metabolome reveals the role of gut microbiome-associated metabolites in the detection of colorectal cancer and adenoma – Chen et al. – Gut

Animal/Insect microbiome

Longitudinal study on the effects of growth-promoting and therapeutic antibiotics on the dynamics of chicken cloacal and litter microbiomes and resistomes – Gupta et al. – Microbiome

Social networks strongly predict the gut microbiota of wild mice – Raulo et al. – The ISME Journal

Genetic identity and genotype × genotype interactions between symbionts outweigh species level effects in an insect microbiome – Smee, Raines & Ferrari – The ISME Journal

[REVIEW]The effects of raw-meat diets on the gastrointestinal microbiota of the cat and dog: a review – Butowski et al. – New Zealand Veterinary Journal

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Predicting spatial patterns of soil bacteria under current and future environmental conditions – Mod et al. – The ISME Journal

Persistent microbiome members in the common bean rhizosphere: an integrated analysis of space, time, and plant genotype – Stopnisek & Shade – The ISME Journal

Host preference and invasiveness of commensal bacteria in the Lotus and Arabidopsis root microbiota – Wippel et al. – Nature Microbiology


Functional meta-omics provide critical insights into long- and short-read assemblies – Galata et al. – Briefings in Bioinformatics

[PREPRINT]BiomeHorizon: visualizing microbiome time series data in R – Fink et al. – bioRxiv

Evaluation of DNA extraction protocols from liquid-based cytology specimens for studying cervical microbiota – Shibata et al. – PLOS ONE

MicFunPred: A conserved approach to predict functional profiles from 16S rRNA gene sequence data – Mongad et al. – Genomics

August 25, 2021

General microbiome

[REVIEW]The longitudinal and cross-sectional heterogeneity of the intestinal microbiota – Miller et al. – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Pregnancy and early life

Early life gut microbiota is associated with rapid infant growth in Hispanics from Southern California – Alderete et al. – Gut Microbes

Human respiratory microbiome

Characterization of the Human Oropharyngeal Microbiomes in SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Recovery Patients – Gao et al. – Advanced Science

Human gut microbiome

Metagenome-wide association study revealed disease-specific landscape of the gut microbiome of systemic lupus erythematosus in Japanese – Tomofuji et al. – Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Gut microbes participate in food preference alterations during obesity – d’Oplinter et al. – Gut Microbes

Altered gut microbiome compositions are associated with the severity of asthma – Wang et al. – Journal of Thoracic Disease

Evolution in a Community Context: towards Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Adaptive Evolution in the Human Gut Microbiota over Short Time Scales – Scanlan – mSystems

Animal experiments (mouse/rat experiments, chickens/pigs on different diets)

Propamocarb exposure has the potential to accelerate the formation of atherosclerosis in both WT and ApoE−/− mice accompanied by gut microbiota dysbiosis – Jin et al. – Science of The Total Environment

Inflammation-relevant microbiome signature of the stroke brain, gut, spleen, and thymus and the impact of exercise – Kingsbury et al. – Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Comparative Analysis of Skin Bacterial Diversity and Its Potential Antifungal Function Between Desert and Pine Forest Populations of Boreal Toads Anaxyrus boreas – Basanta et al. – Host Microbe Interactions

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Herbivory shapes the rhizosphere bacterial microbiota in potato plants – Malacrino et al. – Environmental Microbiology Reports

[PREPRINT]Teasing apart the host-related, nutrient-related and temperature-related effects shaping the phenology and microbiome of the tropical seagrass Halophila stipulacea – Szitenberg et al. – bioRxiv


The Effect of Common Viral Inactivation Techniques on 16S rRNA Amplicon-Based Analysis of the Gut Microbiota – McAdams et al. – Cells

Comprehensive Wet-Bench and Bioinformatics Workflow for Complex Microbiota Using Oxford Nanopore Technologies – Ammer-Herrmenau et al. – mSystems

August 22nd, 2021

Hyvää Päivää from Helsinki, Finland ! Today’s digest contains a selection of really interesting preprints and published studies. If you are interested in soil microbiology, take a look at the preprint by Nelson and collaborators, who characterized the soil microbiome across a wildfire burn severity gradients in coniferous forests and made their dataset available in the Fire Responding Ecogenomic database (FiRE-db).

Looking at a large variety of ecosystems, Rodriguez-Gijon and collaborators used a vast collection of Metagenomes Assembled Genomes (MAGs), to investigate the genomes size of prokaryotes in these ecosystems. They show that, while the environment of origin can be linked to genome size, it seems like evolutionary phylogenetic history is in many cases a stronger predictor.

Finally, today’s non-microbiology pick is a great “10 simples rules” paper reviewing best practices on organizing bioinformatics workshops in low and middle-income countries.

Have a great Weekend!

General microbiome

Preprint: A genomic perspective across Earth’s microbiomes reveals that genome size in Archaea and Bacteria is linked to ecosystem type and trophic strategy – Rodriguez-Gijon et al. – BioRXiV

Multi-site human microbiome

Review : Host-Microbe Metagenomics: a Lens To Refocus Our Perspective
on Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases – Kalantar and Langelier – mSystems

Human gut microbiome

Rectal bacteriome and virome signatures and clinical outcomes in community-acquired pneumonia: An exploratory study – Kullberg et al. – EClinicalMedicine

Review: The important role of fungi in inflammatory bowel diseases – Wang et al. – Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology

Animal experiments (mouse/rat experiments, chickens/pigs on different diets)

Preprint: A bacterial genome and culture collection of gut microbial in weanling piglet – Dong et al. – BioRXiV

Characterization of the fecal microbiota of sows and their offspring from German commercial pig farms – Lührmann et al. – Plos One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Preprint: Does plant diversity determine the diversity of the rhizosphere microbial community? – Zverev et al. – BioRXiV

Preprint: Playing with FiRE: A genome resolved view of the soil microbiome responses to high severity forest wildfire – Nelson et al. – BioRXiV

Peatland microbial community responses to plant functional group and drought are depth-dependent – Lamit et al. – Molecular ecology

Soil pH determines bacterial distribution and assembly processes in natural mountain forests of eastern China – Ni et al. – Global ecology and Biogeography

Water and extremophile microbiome

Preprint: The OceanDNA MAG catalog contains over 50,000 prokaryotic genomes originated from various marine environments – Nishimura et al. – BioRXiV

Food microbiology

Preprint: Mixed culture metagenomics of the microbes making sour beer – Piraine et al. – BioRXiV

Preprint: Insights into the nutritional properties and microbiome diversity in sweet and sour yogurt manufactured in Bangladesh – Tanzina et al. – BioRXiV

Preprint: Microbial communities in retail draft beers and the biofilms they produce – Bose et al. – BioRXiV


Book chapter: Bioinformatics Tools and Software – Gupta et al. – Advances in Bioinformatics, Springer, Singapore

MiDSystem: A comprehensive online system for de novo assembly and analysis of microbial genomes – Lee et al. – New biotechnology

My non-microbiology picks

Ten simple rules for organizing a bioinformatics training course in low and middle-income countries – Moore et al. – PLOS computational biology