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


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 –

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

Oxford Natural History exhibition explores benefits of bacteria – BBC News


August 17, 2018

Happy Friday! Today’s digest includes the tongue microbiome of elderly adults, electroactive biofilms, and the transmission of bacteria from hand washing sink traps. Also featured is a Nature commentary on Unpaywall and open-access research articles.

Pregnancy and early life

Changes in the gut microbiota composition during pregnancy in patients with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) – Ilario Ferrocino – Scientific Reports

Human oral microbiome

Tongue Microbiota and Oral Health Status in Community-Dwelling Elderly Adults – Mikari Asakawa – mSphere

Human respiratory microbiome

Early Airway Microbial Metagenomic and Metabolomic Signatures are Associated with Development of Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia – Charitharth Vivek Lal – American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Human vaginal microbiome

Characterization of pelvic and cervical microbiotas from patients with pelvic inflammatory disease – Yue Wang – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

Review: Unhealthy gut, unhealthy brain: The role of the intestinal microbiota in neurodegenerative diseases – Lindsay Joy Spielman – Neurochemistry International

Potential of fructooligosaccharides and xylooligosaccharides as substrates to counteract the undesirable effects of several antibiotics on elder faecal microbiota: a first in vitro approach – Beatriz Miguez – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Lack of short-chain fatty acids and overgrowth of opportunistic pathogens define dysbiosis of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders: A Chinese pilot study – Junli Gong – Multiple Sclerosis

Animal experiments

Effects of Oat Bran on Nutrient Digestibility, Intestinal Microbiota, and Inflammatory Responses in the Hindgut of Growing Pigs – Beibei He – International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Animal microbiome

Preprint: Bacterial cohesion predicts spatial distribution in the larval zebrafish intestine – Brandon H. Schlomann – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Effects of lily/maize intercropping on rhizosphere microbial community and yield of Lilium davidii var. unicolor – Lijing Zhou – Journal of Basic Microbiology

Comparative Metagenomic Analysis of Rhizosphere Microbial Community Composition and Functional Potentials under Rehmannia glutinosa Consecutive Monoculture – Linkun Wu – International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Water and extremophile microbiome

Preprint: Shear stress mediates metabolism and growth in electroactive biofilms – Akhenaton-Andrew D Jones – bioRxiv

Characteristics of Rhizosphere Bacterial Community across Different Cultivation Years in Saline-alkaline Paddy Soils of Songnen Plain of China – Jun-Tao CUI – Canadian Journal of Microbiology

Built environment

Preprint: Droplet rather than Aerosol Mediated Dispersion is the Primary Mechanism of Bacterial transmission from Contaminated Hand Washing Sink Traps – Shireen M Kotay – bioRxiv

Probiotics / prebiotics

Review: Prebiotic and probiotic treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis – Brett R Loman – Nutrition Reviews

Science, publishing, and career

Stepping up to the podium: Wrestling with impostor syndrome as a teacher – Jeffrey Maloy – Science Careers

How Unpaywall is transforming open science – Holly Else – Nature News & Comment

August 15, 2018

A nice crop of plant/root/soil microbiome studies, some interesting analyses of early life/pregnancy and vaginal microbiota, a belly-load of gut microbiome science, a herd of animal studies, and a few really bad puns… Enjoy!

Events and jobs

A summary of the third annual HIV microbiome workshop – Dr. Brett Williams – AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses

Pregnancy and early life

Early childhood antibiotics use and autism spectrum disorders: a population-based cohort study – Amani F Hamad – International Journal of Epidemiology

The effects of gut microbiota on metabolic outcomes in pregnant women and their offspring – You Lv – Food & Function

Human vaginal microbiome

Cervicovaginal microbiota, women’s health, and reproductive outcomes – Samuel J. Kroon – Fertility and Sterility

Relevance of assessing the uterine microbiota in infertility – Inmaculada Moreno – Fertility and Sterility

Cervicovaginal microbiota, women’s health, and reproductive outcomes – Samuel J. Kroon – Fertility and Sterility

Human nearly-sterile sites

Ursodeoxycholic acid improves liver function via phenylalanine/tyrosine pathway and microbiome remodelling in patients with liver dysfunction – Da Jung Kim – Scientific Reports

Human gut microbiome

Assessing antibiotic resistance gene load in vegan, vegetarian and omnivore human gut microbiota – Losasso Carmen – International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

Immunomodulatory tetracyclines ameliorate DNBS-colitis: Impact on microRNA expression and microbiota composition – J. Garrido-Mesa – Biochemical Pharmacology

Effects of anthocyanins from the fruit of Lycium ruthenicum Murray on intestinal microbiota – Yamei Yan – Journal of Functional Foods

Disparate Effects of Antibiotics on Hypertension – Sarah Galla – Physiological Genomics

Variability of core microbiota in newly diagnosed treatment-naïve paediatric inflammatory bowel disease patients – T. G. J. de Meij – PLOS One

Dietary soybean protein ameliorates high-fat diet-induced obesity by modifying the gut microbiota-dependent biotransformation of bile acids – Keita Watanabe – PLOS One

Gut microbiota alterations in moderate to severe acne vulgaris patients – Hui‐Min Yan – The Journal of Dermatology

Implication of gut microbiota metabolites in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases – Francois Brial – Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

Making Sense of… the Microbiome in Psychiatry – Thomaz F S Bastiaanssen – International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology

The Microbiome in Cirrhosis and its Complications – Chathur Acharya – Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG induced protective effect on allergic airway inflammation is associated with gut microbiota – Juan Zhang – Cellular Immunology

The gut microbiome as a driver of individual variation in cognition and functional behaviour – Gabrielle L. Davidson – Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

Animal experiments

The impact of Clostridium butyricum MIYAIRI 588 on the murine gut microbiome and colonic tissue – Mao Hagihara – Anaerobe

Monitoring and evaluation of the interaction between deoxynivalenol and gut microbiota in Wistar rats by mass spectrometry-based metabolomics and next-generation sequencing – Eugènia Miró-Abella – Food and Chemical Toxicology

Lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus) Diet Affects the Gut Microbiome and Obesity Markers in Rat – Niroshan Siva – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Gut bacterial composition in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease – P. Perez-Pardo – Beneficial Microbes

Gut Microbiome in BALB/c and C57BL/6J Mice Undergoing Experimental Thyroid Autoimmunity Associate with Differences in Immunological Responses and Thyroid Function – Sajad Moshkelgosha – Hormone and Metabolic Research

Ultraviolet Irradiation of Skin Alters the Faecal Microbiome Independently of Vitamin D in Mice – Simon Ghaly – Nutrients

Impact of lincosamides antibiotics on the composition of the rat gut microbiota and the metabolite profile of plasma and feces – C. Behr – Toxicology Letters

Animal microbiome

Understanding bacterial communities for informed biosecurity and improved larval survival in Pacific oysters – Olivier Laroche – Aquaculture

A meta-analysis reveals the environmental and host factors shaping the structure and function of the shrimp microbiota – Fernanda Cornejo-Granados​ – PeerJ

Do the microorganisms from laboratory culture spent growth medium affect house dust mite fitness and microbiome composition? – Vit Molva – Insect Science

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Microbial diversity associated to the intestinal tract of soil invertebrates – Dayana da Silva Correia – Applied Soil Ecology

Yellow Canopy Syndrome in sugarcane is associated with shifts in the rhizosphere soil metagenome but not with overall soil microbial function – Kelly Hamonts – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Anthropogenic influence shapes the distribution of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) in the sediment of Sundarban estuary in India – Anish Bhattacharyya – Science of the Total Environment

Disentangling effects of temperature on microbial community and copper extraction in column bioleaching of low grade copper sulfide – Yuguang Wang – Bioresource Technology

Long-term Plastic Greenhouse Cultivation Changes Soil Microbial Community Structures: A Case Study – Yang Song – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Flooding and prolonged drought have differential legacy impacts on soil nitrogen cycling, microbial communities and plant productivity – Linh T. T. Nguyen – Plant and Soil

[PhD Dissertation] Microbial Communities and Their Impact on Bioenergy Crops in Dynamic Environments – Brandon Monier, South Dakota State University – Open Prairie

[PDF] Characterization of osmotolerant rhizobacteria for plant growth promoting
activities in vitro and during plant-microbe association under osmotic stress – Bandeppa – Indian Journal of Experimental Biology

Isolation and Analysis of Microbial Communities in Soil, Rhizosphere, and Roots in Perennial Grass Experiments – Morgan R. McPherson – J. Vis. Exp

Water and extremophile microbiome 

[PDF download] Monitoring biofilm communities in operational drinking water distribution systems and the impact on water quality – I. Douterelo – 1st International WDSA

Molecular detection of microbial communities associated with Microcystis vs Synechococcus dominated waters in Tianjin, China – Da Huo – Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

Metagenomic assessment of the microbial community and methanogenic pathways in biosolids from a municipal wastewater treatment plant in Medellín, Colombia – Katherine Bedoya – Science of the Total Environment

Profiling microbial communities in a watershed undergoing intensive anthropogenic activities – Hehuan Liao – Science of the Total Environment

The gut microbiome and aquatic toxicology: An emerging concept for environmental health – Ondrej Adamovsky – PeerJ

Microbial community composition of a hydrocarbon reservoir 40 years after a CO2 enhanced oil recovery flood – Jenna L K Shelton – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Temporal dynamics of activated sludge bacterial communities in two diversity variant full-scale sewage treatment plants – Xiao-Tao Jiang – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

The Nile River Microbiome Reveals a Remarkably Stable Community Between Wet and Dry Seasons, and Sampling Sites, in a Large Urban Metropolis (Cairo, Egypt) – Eraqi WA – OMICS

Probiotics / prebiotics

Influence of monostrain and multistrain probiotics on immunity, intestinal ultrastructure and microbiota in experimental dysbiosis – E. Ermolenko – Beneficial Microbes

Effects of Probiotics on Inflammation and Uremic Toxins Among Patients on Dialysis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – Charat Thongprayoon – Digestive Diseases and Sciences


Biomarker panels for characterizing microbial community biofilm formation as composite molecular process – Magnus Bosse – PLOS One

* Maximal viral information recovery from sequence data using VirMAP – Nadim J Ajami – Nature Communications


Using Bioreactors to Study the Effects of Drugs on the Human Microbiota – Mabel Guzman-Rodriguez – Methods

Ed’s non-microbiology picks

Human activities might influence oncogenic processes in wild animal populations – Mathieu Giraudeau – Nature Ecology & Evolution

In apoptosis, cell death spreads through perpetuating waves – James Ferrell – Stanford Medicine

Study finds Tdap vaccination for pregnant women does not increase risk of autism

Boys should be given HPV vaccine, says joint committee

New Study: Omega-3s Can Help Keep Kids Out of Trouble

Mars (probably) has a lake of liquid water

August 13, 2018

Today’s Digest is full of amazing research from focusing on causation in microbiome studies to increased efficacy of BLAST searches in the age of high throughput sequencing.

General Microbiome

Microbiome: Focus on Causation and Mechanism.Fischbach MA. Cell.

Effect of Antibiotic-Mediated Microbiome Modulation on Rotavirus Vaccine Immunogenicity: A Human, Randomized-Control Proof-of-Concept Trial.Harris VC. Cell Host and Microbe

Enhancing Rotavirus Vaccination: A Microbial Fix? Parker EPK. Cell Host and Microbe

Snapshot of an early Paleoproterozoic ecosystem: Two diverse microfossil communities from the Turee Creek Group, Western Australia. Barlow EV. Geobiology.

Background levels of microorganisms in the busy urban environment of transport hubs.Patel KV. Journal of Applied Microbiology.

Immunomodulation as Therapy for Fungal Infection: Are We Closer?Sam QH. Frontiers in Microbiology

Profiling of Bacterial and Fungal Microbial Communities in Cystic Fibrosis Sputum Using RNA.Grahl N. mSphere.

Oral Microbiome

Comparison of oral microbiota in orthodontic patients and healthy individuals.Sun F. Microbial Pathogenesis

Skin Microbiome

Mud therapy and skin microbiome: a review.Antonelli M. International Journal of Biometeorology

Gut Microbiome

Phylogeny-corrected identification of microbial gene families relevant to human gut colonization.Bradley PH. PLoS Computational Biology

Dynamic changes in human-gut microbiome in relation to a placebo-controlled anthelminthic trial in Indonesia.Martin I. PLoS Neglected Tropical Disease.

Faecal Microbiome

Effects of metal and metalloid pollutants on the microbiota composition of feces obtained from twelve commercial pig farms across China.Peng Z. Science Total Environment

Fecal Microbiota Alterations Associated With Diarrhea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome.Zhuang X. Frontiers in Microbiology.

Plant, Soils, and Air Microbiome

Environmental variables better explain changes in potential nitrification and denitrification activities than microbial properties in fertilized forest soils.Tang Y. Science of Total Environment

Metagenomic analysis of rhizosphere microflora of oil-contaminated soil planted with barley and alfalfa. Kumar V. PLoS One.

Trichoderma polysporum selectively inhibits white-nose syndrome fungal pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans amidst soil microbes.Singh A. Microbiome.

Tissue Microbiome of Norway Spruce Affected by Heterobasidion-Induced Wood Decay.Ren F. Microbial Ecology

Evidence for complete nitrification in enrichment culture of tidal sediments and diversity analysis of clade a comammox Nitrospira in natural environments. Yu C. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Traits-Based Integration of Multi-Species Inoculants Facilitates Shifts of Indigenous Soil Bacterial Community.Wang J. Frontier in Microbiology

Spatial Patterns and Drivers of Microbial Taxa in a Karst Broadleaf Forest.Song M. Frontiers in Microbiology

Water Microbiome

Response of Microbial Communities to Changing Climate Conditions During Summer Cyanobacterial Blooms in the Baltic Sea.Berner C. Frontiers in Microbiology

Coral Microbiome Database: Integration of sequences reveals high diversity and relatedness of coral-associated microbes.Huggett MJ. Environmental Microbiology Reports

Animal Experiments and Microbiome

Diet and other environmental factors shape the bacterial communities of fish gut in an eutrophic lake. Kashinskaya EN. Journal of Applied Microbiology

Yeast-like microorganisms in the scale insect Kermes quercus (Insecta, Hemiptera, Coccomorpha: Kermesidae). Newly acquired symbionts?Podsiadło E. Arthropod Structure and Development

Initial description of the core ocular surface microbiome in dogs: Bacterial community diversity and composition in a defined canine population.Leis ML. Veterinary Ophthalmology

High-Throughput Analysis Reveals Seasonal Variation of the Gut Microbiota Composition Within Forest Musk Deer (<i>Moschus berezovskii</i>).Hu X. Frontiers in Microbiology

A Comprehensive Research on Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Microbiota of Aquatic Animals.Hong B. Frontiers in Microbiology

Identification of spider-mite species and their endosymbionts using multiplex PCR.Zélé F. Experimental and Applied Acarology

Soil microarthropods alter the outcome of plant-soil feedback experiments.Kuťáková E. Scientific Reports


Metagenome complexity and template length are the main causes of bias in PCR-based bacteria community analysis.Peng W. Journal of Basic Microbiology

Single-cell RNA sequencing technologies and bioinformatics pipelines.Hwang B. Experimental and Molecular Medicine

Negative Binomial Mixed Models for Analyzing Longitudinal Microbiome Data.Zhang X. Frontiers in Microbiology

Stationary and portable sequencing-based approaches for tracing wastewater contamination in urban stormwater systems. Hu Y. Scientific Reports

CrocoBLAST: Running BLAST efficiently in the age of next-generation sequencing.Tristão Ramos RJ. Bioinformatics

Aug 08, 2018

Good morning! Today’s Microbiome Digest highlights are the modeling of the gut microbiome, trotter horse urine metabolome, selection of appropriate metagenome taxonomic classifiers and news about the improvement of gut health. Enjoy reading.

General microbiome

Mini-Review: Conducting metagenomic studies in microbiology and clinical research – Tiphaine C. Martin – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Human gut microbiome

Challenges in modeling the human gut microbiome – Parizad Babaei – Nature Biotechnology

Review: Rebuilding the Gut Microbiota Ecosystem – Antonella Gagliardi – International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Soil exposure modifies the gut microbiota and supports immune tolerance in a mouse model – NooraOttman – Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Animal experiments

Microbiome Composition in Both Wild-Type and Disease Model Mice Is Heavily Influenced by Mouse Facility – Kristopher D. Parker – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal microbiome

Characterization of trotter horses urine metabolome by means of proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy – Chenglin Zhu – Metabolomics

Water and extremophile microbiome

Metagenomic analysis of geothermal water reservoir sites exploring carbohydrate-related thermozymes – GirijaKaushal – International Journal of Biological Macromolecules


Selection of Appropriate Metagenome Taxonomic Classifiers for Ancient Microbiome Research – Irina M. Velsko – mSystems

Microbes in the news

New Emerging Research Suggests Montmorency Tart Cherries May Help Enhance Gut Health

Cherries improve gut health

August 7, 2018

Today’s Digest features a lot of soil and plant microbiome articles. Highlights include an opinion piece on hypothesis-driven microbiome research, a study on the spread of MCR-3 colistin resistance in China, and a consortium of bacteria to protect plants from pathogents.

General microbiology

** Are microbiome studies ready for hypothesis-driven research? – Anupriya Tripathi et al. – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Mitracarpus frigidus: A promising antifungal in the treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis – Lara M. Campos et al. – Industrial Crops and Products

Isolation, growth, enzyme assay and identification via 16S rRNA full sequencing of cellulolytic microbes from Nepal for biofuel production – Binayak Raj Pandey et al. – Renewable Energy

Review (Uncorrected Proof): From hairballs to hypotheses – biological insights from microbial networks – Lisa Röttjers & Karoline Faust – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Review: Barriers and opportunities in bio-based production of hydrocarbons – Yongjin J. Zhou, Eduard J. Kerkhoven & Jens Nielsen – Nature Energy

Antibiotic resistance

** Spread of MCR-3 Colistin Resistance in China: An Epidemiological, Genomic and Mechanistic Study – Yongchang Xu et al. – EBioMedicine

Long-term organic fertilization increased antibiotic resistome in phyllosphere of maize – Qing-Lin Chen et al. – Science of The Total Environment

Carbapenem resistance in bacteria isolated from soil and water environments in Algeria – Katia DJENADI et al. – Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance

Human respiratory microbiome

Prospective study of timing and pattern of bacteria and viruses in the nasopharyngeal microbiome in a birth cohort – J.L.Mathew et al. – International Journal of Infectious Diseases

Human gut microbiome

Population changes of colon lumen microbiota in patients with chronic hepatitis C – A. Sydorchuk et al. – International Journal of Infectious Diseases

Multi-site human microbiome

Metagenomics of pigmented and cholesterol gallstones: the putative role of bacteria – S. H. Kose et al. – Scientific Reports

Food microbiology

Amplicon and shotgun metagenomic sequencing indicates that microbial ecosystems present in cheese brines reflect environmental inoculation during the cheese production process – Louise Vermote et al. – International Dairy Journal

Exploring core functional microbiota responsible for the production of volatile flavour during the traditional brewing of Wuyi Hong Qu glutinous rice wine – Zi-Rui Huang et al. – Food Microbiology

Review: Spoilage yeasts: What are the sources of contamination of foods and beverages? – A. Hernández et al. – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Animal experiments

Consumption of virgin coconut oil in Wistar rats increases saturated fatty acids in the liver and adipose tissue, as well as adipose tissue inflammation – Marianade Moura e Dias et al. – Journal of Functional Foods

Experimental microbial dysbiosis does not promote disease progression in SIV-infected macaques – Alexandra M. Ortiz et al. – Nature Medicine

Animal microbiome

Whole genome sequences to assess the link between antibiotic and metal resistance in three coastal marine bacteria isolated from the mummichog gastrointestinal tract – Nicole A. Lloyd, Sylvie Nazaret & TamarBarkay – Marine Pollution Bulletin

Inferences of gut bacterial diversity from next-generation sequencing of 16S rDNA in deep sea blind ray – Benthobatis moresbyi – Tina Kollannoor Johny et al. – Ecological Genetics and Genomics

Characterization of the fecal microbiota of healthy horses – Holly L. Stewart et al. – American Journal of Veterinary Research

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Comparative mangrove metagenome reveals global prevalence of heavy metals and antibiotic resistome across different ecosystems – Madangchanok Imchen et al. – Scientific Reports

Structural development and assembly patterns of the root-associated microbiomes during phytoremediation – Yanmei Chen et al. – Science of The Total Environment

A Method for Collecting Atmospheric Microbial Samples From Set Altitudes for Use With Next-Generation Sequencing Techniques to Characterize Communities – Allison M Spring et al. – Air, Soil and Water Research

Plant-microbe interactions drive denitrification rates, dissolved nitrogen removal, and the abundance of denitrification genes in stormwater control measures – Natalie R Morse et al. – Environmental Science & Technology

Short- and long-term warming alters soil microbial community and relates to soil traits – Hongying Yu et al. – Applied Soil Ecology

Environmental variables better explain changes in potential nitrification and denitrification activities than microbial properties in fertilized forest soils – Yuqian Tang et al. – Science of The Total Environment

Wheat rhizosphere harbors a less complex and more stable microbial co-occurrence pattern than bulk soil – Kunkun Fan et al. – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Influence of biochars on the accessibility of organochlorine pesticides and microbial community in contaminated soils – Neelum Ali et al. – Science of The Total Environment

Structure and activity of soil microbial communities in three Mediterranean forests – Felicia Grosso et al. – Applied Soil Ecology

Species-associated differences in the below-ground microbiomes of wild and domesticated Setaria – Srinivasa R. Chaluvadi & Jeff Bennetzen – Frontiers in Plant Science

Review: Processes that determine the interplay of root exudation, methane emission and yield in rice agriculture – D. Maurer et al. – Plant Biology

** Nutrient-and Dose-Dependent Microbiome-Mediated Protection against a Plant Pathogen – Maureen Berg & Britt Koskella – Current Biology

Network Analyses Can Advance Above-Belowground Ecology – Kelly S.Ramirez et al. – Trends in Plant Science

Minireview: Microbial anaerobic Fe(II) oxidation – ecology, mechanisms and environmental implications – C Bryce et al. – Environmental Microbiology

Phages and viruses

No detectable effect of Wolbachia wMel on the prevalence and abundance of the RNA virome of Drosophila melanogaster – Mang Shi et al. – Proceedings B

Co-Infection Patterns in Individual Ixodes scapularis Ticks Reveal Associations between Viral, Eukaryotic and Bacterial Microorganisms – Shaun T. Cross et al. – Viruses

Investigation of recombination-intense viral groups and their genes in the Earth’s virome – Jan P. Meier-Kolthoff et al. – Scientific Reports

Microbes in the news

Endophytes: Study Shows GMO Corn Has No Impact On Good Bacteria – Science 2.0

August 1, 2018

Todays digest has some interesting papers on fungi and gut microbiota, inflammation in the gut and a Nature Communications paper on stability criteria for complex microbial communities. Also included is an interesting paper on a mind-controlling fungus!

General microbiome

Fungi as Part of the Microbiota and Interactions with Intestinal Bacteria. – Kapitan M – Current topics in Microbial Immunology

Stability criteria for complex microbial communities. – Butler S – Nature Communications

Human respiratory microbiome

Exploring Host-Microbe Interactions in Lung Cancer. – Zhao Y – American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Nasal microbiota clusters associate with inflammatory response, viral load, and symptom severity in experimental rhinovirus challenge.– Lehtinen MJ – Scientific Reports

Human gut microbiome

Gut Microbial β-Glucuronidase Inhibition via Catalytic Cycle Interception. – Pellock SJ – ACS Central Science

Effects of medicines used to treat gastrointestinal diseases on the pharmacokinetics of coadministered drugs: a PEARRL Review. – Litou C – The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Activated ATF6 Induces Intestinal Dysbiosis and Innate Immune Response to Promote Colorectal Tumorigenesis. – Coleman OI – Gastroenterology

Dietary intake of fat and fibre according to reference values relates to higher gut microbiota richness in overweight pregnant women – CORRIGENDUM. – Röytiö H – The British Journal of Nutrition

The Potential of Gut Commensals in Reinforcing Intestinal Barrier Function and Alleviating Inflammation. – Hiippala K – Nutrients

Enteric Microbiota⁻Gut⁻Brain Axis from the Perspective of Nuclear Receptors. – Duszka K – International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Animal experiments 

Astrovirus infections induce age-dependent dysbiosis in gut microbiomes of bats. – Wasimuddin – The ISME Journal

Antibiotic-induced dysbiosis predicts mortality in an animal model of <i>Clostridium difficile</i> infection. – Burdet C – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Plant Species and Heavy Metals Affect Biodiversity of Microbial Communities Associated With Metal-Tolerant Plants in Metalliferous Soils. – Borymski S – Frontiers in Microbiology

Food Microbiology

What’s in a name? ‘Non-coeliac gluten or wheat sensitivity’: controversies and mechanisms related to wheat and gluten causing gastrointestinal symptoms or disease. – Potter MDE – Gut

Role of whole grains versus fruits and vegetables in reducing subclinical inflammation and promoting gastrointestinal health in individuals affected by overweight and obesity: a randomized controlled trial. – Kopf JC – Nutrition Journal


Swathi’s non-microbiology picks

Robust manipulation of the behavior of Drosophila melanogaster by a fungal pathogen in the laboratory – Carloyn Elya – eLife