April 6, 2021

Human gut microbiome

Thousands of previously unknown phages discovered in whole-community human gut metagenomes – Benler et al. – Microbiome

*Elevated rates of horizontal gene transfer in the industrialized human microbiome – Groussin et al. – Cell

Animal microbiome

Combined effects of composting and antibiotic administration on cattle manure–borne antibiotic resistance genes – Keenum et al. – Microbiome

Swine growth promotion with antibiotics or alternatives can increase antibiotic resistance gene mobility potential – Muurinen et al. – Scientific Reports


Using high-abundance proteins as guides for fast and effective peptide/protein identification from human gut metaproteomic data – Stamboulian et al. – Microbiome

High throughput sequencing provides exact genomic locations of inducible prophages and accurate phage-to-host ratios in gut microbial strains – Zünd et al. – Microbiome

A comprehensive metagenomics framework to characterize organisms relevant for planetary protection – Danko et al. – Microbiome

April 2, 2021

Good morning and happy Friday!

In my last blog post I requested reader contributions and many of you reached out! Below are some of the highlights which include a commentary on phylogenetic core groups, a preprint on viral RNA methylation in Wolbachia, a database for the murine oral bacterial community, and a research article on fungal modification in the leaf-cutter ant fungal garden ecosystem.

Events and jobs

Biological Sciences Laboratory Instructor Position at Smith College in Northampton, MA

General microbiome

***Commentary: Phylogenetic Core Groups: a promising concept in search of a consistent methodological framework – Pascual-García – Microbiome

Animal microbiome

***Preprint: Differential viral RNA methylation contributes to pathogen blocking in Wolbachia-colonized arthropod – Bhattacharya et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Isolation and characterization of a novel Wolbachia bacteriophage from Allonemobius socius crickets in Missouri – Fischer et al. – bioRxiv

***From plants to ants: Fungal modification of leaf lipids for nutrition and communication in the leaf-cutter ant fungal garden ecosystem – Khadempour et al. – mSystems

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Preprint: Experimental evolution-driven identification of Arabidopsis rhizosphere competence genes in Pseudomonas protegens – Zhang et al. – bioRxiv

Built environment

Metagenomic profile of microbial communities in a drinking water storage tank sediment after sequential exposure to monochloramine, free chlorine, and monochloramine – Gomez-Alvarez et al. – ACS EST Water


***A 16S rRNA gene and draft genome database for the murine oral bacterial community – Joesph et al. – mSystems

March 29th, 2021

God morgon!

Good morning from Sweden. I know everyone is looking forward to a long weekend, but today is just Monday.

Today’s digest begins with a new visualisation tool for microbiome analysis in R – animalcules. In another study, probiotic yeast metabolites were reported to inhibit bacterial virulence. It is yet another evidence in support of the fermented milk-based probiotic drinks. Talking about the diet, a team of researchers has found the commonly used dietary emulsifiers have a detrimental impact on the gut microbiome. A new study on studying the microbiome using PCR amplification and sequencing illustrates how off-target amplification can introduce a lot of problems. The study in question compared the brain microbiome of healthy individuals and individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Another study has shown how reduced genome provides certain bacteria an advantage in thriving during coastal dinoflagellate blooms.

Elsewhere in the digest are preprints describing a new broad spectrum antifungal, Kenyan traditional medicine as an approach to tackle antibiotic resistance, and prediction of antibiotic resistance using machine learning approach.

Hope you like today’s collection!

Computational Biology

animalcules: interactive microbiome analytics and visualization in R – Yue Zhao, et al., Microbiome

Phylogenetic Core Groups: a promising concept in search of a consistent methodological framework – Alberto Pascual-García, Microbiome

Preprint: Machine-learning prediction of resistance to sub-inhibitory antimicrobial concentrations from Escherichia coli genomes– Sam Benkwitz-Bedford, et al.

Environmental Microbiome

Opportunistic bacteria with reduced genomes are effective competitors for organic nitrogen compounds in coastal dinoflagellate blooms – Yu Han, et al., Microbiome

Metagenomic insights into the taxonomy, function, and dysbiosis of prokaryotic communities in octocorals– T. Keller-Costa, et al., Microbiome

Age and sex-associated variation in the multi-site microbiome of an entire social group of free-ranging rhesus macaques – Mareike C. Janiak, et al., Microbiome

Holo-omics for deciphering plant-microbiome interactions – Ling Xu, et al., Microbiome

General Microbiome

Much ado about nothing? Off-target amplification can lead to false-positive bacterial brain microbiome detection in healthy and Parkinson’s disease individuals – Janis R. Bedarf, et al., Microbiome

Diet and gut microbiome interactions of relevance for symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome – Julien Tap, et al., Microbiome

Cross-kingdom inhibition of bacterial virulence and communication by probiotic yeast metabolites – Orit Malka, et al., Microbiome

Revealing taxon-specific heavy metal-resistance mechanisms in denitrifying phosphorus removal sludge using genome-centric metaproteomics – Yuan Lin, et al., Microbiome

Direct impact of commonly used dietary emulsifiers on human gut microbiota – Sabrine Naimi, et al., Microbiome

Preprint: Paenibacillus sp. strain UY79, isolated from a root nodule of Arachis villosa, displays a broad spectrum of antifungal activity – Andrés Costa, et al.

Bacteria Hysteria

Preprint: Accessory genomic epidemiology of co-circulating Acinetobacter baumannii clones – Valeria Mateo-Estrada, et al.

Preprint: Kenyan Traditional Medicine: Exploring Old Solutions to the Modern Antibacterial Crises Through Natural Products Chemistry – Fidensio K. Ndegwa, et al.

Preprint: The Detection of Bergeyella zoohelcum in Young Children after Cat Bite – Min Hu, et al.

Preprint: Chromatic bacteria version 2 – A Himar1 transposon based delivery vector to extend the host range of a toolbox to fluorescently tag bacteria – Christian F Stocks, et al.


Preprint: Human herpesvirus 8 molecular mimicry of ephrin ligands facilitates cell entry and triggers EphA2 signaling – Taylor L. Light, et al.

Preprint: Th17 cell master transcription factor RORC2 regulates HIV-1 gene expression and viral outgrowth – Tomas Raul Wiche Salinas, et al.

Preprint: Rapid evolutionary turnover of mobile genetic elements drives microbial resistance to viruses – Fatima Aysha Hussain, et al.

March 22


Hybrid assembly of an agricultural slurry virome reveals a diverse and stable community with the potential to alter the metabolism and virulence of veterinary pathogens – Cook et al. – Microbiome

Plant microbiome

Protists as main indicators and determinants of plant performance – Guo et al. – Microbiome

Rock metagenomes

Pre-Cambrian roots of novel Antarctic cryptoendolithic bacterial lineages – Albanese et al. – Microbiome

Mouse gut microbiome

Xylitol enhances synthesis of propionate in the colon via cross-feeding of gut microbiota – Xiang et al. – Microbiome

Human gut microbiome

Associations between habitual diet, metabolic disease, and the gut microbiota using latent Dirichlet allocation – Breuninger et al. – Microbiome

Maternal gut microbiota reflecting poor diet quality is associated with spontaneous preterm birth in a prospective cohort study – Gershuni et al. – Am J Clin Nutr

Mycobiome (Early 2021 Semi-Annual Fungal Microbiome Picks)

It’s been a while, but its time to highlight some recent mycobiome articles!

Human mycobiome

Intestinal mycobiota in health and diseases: from a disrupted equilibrium to clinical opportunities – Wu et al. – Microbiome

Gut mycobiota in immunity and inflammatory disease – Li et al. – Immunity

Response to fungal dysbiosis by gut-resident CX3CR1(+) mononuclear phagocytes aggravates allergic airway disease.- Li et al. – Cell Host Microbe. 

Human anti-fungal Th17 immunity and pathology rely on cross-reactivity against Candida albicans. – Bacher et al. – Cell. 

Prevalence and diversity of filamentous fungi in the airways of cystic fibrosis patients – a Dutch, multicentre study. – Engle et al. – J Cyst Fibros.

Early gut mycobiota and mother-offspring transfer. – Schei – Microbiome

Fungi form interkingdom microbial communities in the primordial human gut that develop with gestational age. – Willis et al – FASEB J.

Investigating colonization of the healthy adult gastrointestinal tract by fungi. – Auchtung et al. – mSphere.

CX3CR1+ mononuclear phagocytes control immunity to intestinal fungi. – Leonardi et al. – Science.

Commensal Candida albicans positively calibrates systemic Th17 immunological responses. – Shao et al – Cell Host Microbe. 

Macrophages maintain epithelium integrity by limiting fungal product absorption. – Chikina et al. – Cell.

Fungal symbionts produce prostaglandin E2 to promote their intestinal colonization. – Tan et al. – Front Cell Infect Microbiol.

The fungal mycobiome promotes pancreatic oncogenesis via activation of MBL. – Aykut et al – Nature. 

Fungal microbiota dysbiosis in IBD. – Sokol et al – Gut.

Malassezia is associated with Crohn’s disease and exacerbates colitis in mouse models. – Limon et al – Cell Host Microbe.

Macrophage interactions with fungi and bacteria in inflammatory bowel disease. – Leonardi et al. – Curr Opin Gastroenterol.

Fungi participate in the dysbiosis of gut microbiota in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis. – Lemoinne et al – Gut

Intestinal fungi contribute to development of alcoholic liver disease. – Yang et al – J Clin Invest.

Animal mycobiome

The gut mycobiome of healthy mice is shaped by the environment and correlates with metabolic outcomes in response to diet – Mims and Al Abdallah et al. – Communications Biology

Profound mycobiome differences between segregated mouse colonies do not influence Th17 responses to a newly introduced gut fungal commensal. – Doron et al. – Fungal Genet Biol.

Season, age, and sex affect the fecal mycobiota of free-ranging Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana). – Sun et al – Am J Primatol.

Altered immunity of laboratory mice in the natural environment is associated with fungal colonization. – Yeung et al – Cell Host Microbe. 

Mycobiome techniques

The fungal frontier: a comparative analysis of methods used in the study of the human gut mycobiome. – Huseyin et al. – Front Microbiol. 

MetaEuk—sensitive, high-throughput gene discovery, and annotation for large-scale eukaryotic metagenomics – Karen et al. – Microbiome

Accurate and sensitive detection of microbial eukaryotes from whole metagenome shotgun sequencing – Lind et al – Microbiome

Tiara: Deep learning-based classification system for eukaryotic sequences –  Karlicki et al – bioRxiv.org

~ Kent Willis, MD

March 18, 2021

Greetings from Pittsburgh!

Today’s digest has a lot of food and agriculture associated articles. Several articles focus on the effects of various pathogens on dairy cows, beef steers, and poultry breeds! For those of us who are more interested in plants, there is an article on biogas production from tomato waste and a preprint on how the microbial community of food waste changes during the composting process. Finally, I included a research article about social media during the pandemic since I’m sure I’m not the only one who has relied on it a little too heavily over the last year…

Happy reading!

General microbiome

Preprint: Toward quantifying the adaptive role of bacterial pangenomes during environmental perturbations – Conrad et al. – bioRxiv

BlueFeather, the singleton that wasn’t: Shared gene content analysis supports expansion of Arthrobacter phage Cluster FE – Demo et al. – PLOS ONE

Review: The gut microbiota–brain axis in behaviour and brain disorders – Morais et al. – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Preprint: Cross-species evolutionary rewiring in the enteric bacterium Campylobacter – Taylor et al. – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiota profiles in diarrheic patients with co-occurrence of Clostridioides difficile and Blastocystis – Vega et al. – PLOS ONE

Animal experiments

Preprint: Low pathogenic avian influenza virus infection retards colon microbiome diversification in two different chicken lines – Chrzastek et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Borrelia infection in rodent host has dramatic effects on the microbiome of ticks – Hamilton et al. – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

Preprint: The discovery, distribution and diversity of DNA viruses associated with Drosophila melanogaster in Europe – Wallace et al. – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Effects of precipitation change and nitrogen addition on the composition, diversity, and molecular ecological network of soil bacterial communities in a desert steppe – Jia et al. – PLOS ONE

Preprint: Changes and composition of microbial community during aerobic composting of household food waste – Jin et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: What’s under the Christmas tree? Soil acidification alters fir tree rhizosphere bacterial and eukaryotic communities, their interactions, and functional traits – Steven et al. – bioRxiv

A comparative analysis of biogas production from tomato bio-waste in mesophilic batch and continuous anaerobic digestion systems – Szilágyi et al. – PLOS ONE

Food microbiology

Red seaweed (Asparagopsis taxiformis) supplementation reduces enteric methane by over 80 percent in beef steers – Roque et al. – PLOS ONE

Prevalence and distribution of multilocus sequence types of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from bulk tank milk and cows with mastitis in Pennsylvania – Thomas et al. – PLOS ONE

Multidrug-resistant enterobacteria in newborn dairy calves in Germany – Waade et al. – PLOS ONE

Phages and viruses

Review: Viral and host heterogeneity and their effects on the viral life cycle – Jones et al. – Nature Review Microbiology


Dcmd: Distance-based classification using mixture distributions on microbiome data – Shestopaloff et al. – PLOS Computational Biology

Kara’s non-microbiology pick

Don’t put all social network sites in one basket: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and their relations with well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic – Masciantonio et al. – PLOS ONE

March 15th, 2021

God morgon!

Good morning from Sweden. Another Monday, a new week, and a new digest.

Today’s digest comes with a new review on gut microbiota focusing on the mycobiota which is mostly overlooked as a bulk of studies focus their interest on bacterial diversity in the gut instead. A very cool feature, which I think is now fast becoming common in papers published in Microbiome is the use of a very informative video abstract. As I mentioned in my previous digest, a video abstract catches the eye and it could very well be the next big thing in academic publishing.

There is some potential bad news from Brazil as a team has identified a new nCoV variant of interest (VoI) which probably originated in August 2020 and accounted for about 3% of all samples analyzed between November 2020 and February 2021. The variant also accounted for a very high fraction (35%) of all the B.1.1.33 lineage samples analyzed during the aforementioned period and is now considered widely distributed in Brazil. The troubling fact is that this variant has a S:E484K mutation in the spike protein and this mutation has been implicated in immune evasion and resistance to several monoclonal antibodies. Speaking about COVID-19, there is a new study that tested the viability of nCoV on various inanimate surfaces. The virus persisted longest on a surgical mask (for about 124 hours) and reduced the fastest on a polyester shirt (about 2.5 hours).

Elsewhere in the digest is a preprint that analysed publically available datasets to determine the effect of space type radiation on the gut microbiome, a somewhat controversial study (check out the comments section) hypothesizing the use of fungus to attenuate ionizing radiation on the ISS, and a comprehensive study of E. coli phage-host interactions within the BASEL phage collection.

Hope you’ll enjoy today’s digest.

Intestinal mycobiota in health and diseases: from a disrupted equilibrium to clinical opportunities – Xiaoyan Wu, et al., Microbiome

Preprint: A potential SARS-CoV-2 variant of interest (VOI) harboring mutation E484K in the Spike protein was identified within lineage B.1.1.33 circulating in Brazil – Paola C Resende, et al.

Preprint: Persistence of SARS-CoV-2 virus and viral RNA on hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces and investigating contamination concentration – Susan Elizabeth Paton, et al.

Preprint: Systematic exploration of Escherichia coli phage-host interactions with the BASEL phage collection – Enea Maffei, et al.

Preprint: PulseNet international: the missing link between PFGE and WGS – Ibrahim El-khalil M Adam

Preprint: Spontaneous Escherichia coli persisters with week-long survival dynamics and lasting memory of a short starvation pulse – Mikkel Skjoldan Svenningsen, et al.

Preprint: A Self-Replicating Radiation-Shield for Human Deep-Space Exploration: Radiotrophic Fungi can Attenuate Ionizing Radiation aboard the International Space Station – Graham K. Shunk, Xavier R. Gomez, and Nils J. H. Averesch

Preprint: Resistance to aztreonam in combination with non-β-lactam β-lactamase inhibitors due to the layering of mechanisms in Escherichia coli identified following mixed culture selection – Ching Hei Phoebe Cheung, et al.

Preprint: Yersinia pestis lipopolysaccharide remodeling confers resistance to a Xenopsylla cheopis cecropin – Basil Mathew, Kari L. Aoyagi, and Mark A. Fisher

Preprint: Rare transmission of commensal and pathogenic bacteria in the gut microbiome of hospitalized adults – Benjamin A Siranosian, et al.

Preprint: Radiation Threats to Humans in Space and an alternative approach with Probiotics – Dilara Diken, et al.

March 5, 2021

Human microbiome

A multi-omic investigation of male lower urinary tract symptoms: Potential role for JC virus – Thomas S. et al. – PLOS ONE

Association between physical activity and changes in intestinal microbiota composition: A systematic review – Aya V. et al. – PLOS ONE

Plant microbiome

Specialized microbiomes facilitate natural rhizosphere microbiome interactions counteracting high salinity stress in plants – Santos S. et al. – Environmental and Experimental Botany


Impact of sampling depth on pathogen detection in pit latrines – Capone D. et al. – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

A novel methodology to study antimicrobial properties of high-touch surfaces used for indoor hygiene applications—A study on Cu metal – Chang T. et al. – PLOS ONE

Functional capacities of microbial communities to carry out large scale geochemical processes are maintained during ex situ anaerobic incubation – Wilson R. M. et al. – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

Wastewater treatment works change the intestinal microbiomes of insectivorous bats – Mehl C. et al. – PLOS ONE

Microbial communities developing within bulk sediments under fish carcasses on a tidal flat – Kawamoto Y. et al. – PLOS ONE

Host-microbe interactions

Host-microbe cross-talk governs amino acid chirality to regulate survival and differentiation of B cells – Suzuki M. et al. – Science Advances


An integrated, modular approach to data science education in microbiology – Dill-McFarland, K. A. et al. – PLOS Computational biology


Five key aspects of metaproteomics as a tool to understand functional interactions in host-associated microbiomes – Salvato, F. et al. – PLOS Pathogens

March 1st, 2021

God morgon!

Good morning from Sweden. It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the unprecedented happenings of March 2020 but regardless of how we see it, time flies!

The most interesting read of the day is a study that conclusively proves that the oral microbiota is not influenced by your genetics, but by environmental factors. I was intrigued by the use of a video byte, a small video abstract of the paper, which is something new for me. In my opinion, it could very well be the next big thing in academic publishing as it took me just two minutes to understand the whole study! Do check it out!

A promising study is in a preprint where the researchers show that the pre-colonization with a less virulent strain of Clostridioides difficile protects model organisms from subsequent lethal colonization of C. difficile. This has important therapeutic implications in case of nosocomial, antibiotic-promoted diarrhea. Another exciting study shows the influence of gut microbiome on colorectal cancer. The researchers showed that the transplant of ‘good’ microbiota from healthy donors could even reduce the tumorigenesis in the disease models.

Elsewhere in the digest are studies on microbiome of tropical marine sediments, novel proteins from human intestinal microbiome, virulence factors of Trypanosoma brucei, and new therapeutic epitopes in N1 neuraminidase of Influenza virus.

Happy reading!

Bacteria Hysteria

Preprint: Protection from lethal Clostridioides difficile infection via intraspecies competition for co-germinant – Jhansi L. Leslie, et al.

Preprint: Fiber-associated Lachnospiraceae reduce colon tumorigenesis by modulation of the tumor-immune microenvironment – Ana S Almeida, et al.

Preprint: G9a and Sirtuin6 epigenetically modulate host cholesterol accumulation to facilitate mycobacterial survival – Praveen Prakhar, et al.

Preprint: Identification of a chromosomally-encoded sucrose operon-like gene cluster in Vibrio parahaemolyticus strain PH05 isolated from Negros Island, Philippines – Czarina Anne E. De Mesa, et al.

Preprint: Gene flux and acid-imposed selection are the main drivers of antimicrobial resistance in broiler chicks infected with Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg – Adelumola Oladeine, et al.

Preprint: Analyses of the complete genome sequence of 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM) degrader Aminobacter sp. MSH1 suggests a polyploid chromosome, phylogenetic reassignment, and functions of (un)stable plasmids – Tue Kjærgaard Nielsen, et al.

Preprint: Growth response and recovery of Corynebacterium glutamicum colonies on single-cell level upon defined pH stress pulses – Sarah Täuber, et al.

Preprint: Comparative genomics analysis of Chryseobacterium sp. KMC2 reveals metabolic pathways involved in keratinous utilization and natural product biosynthesis – Dingrong Kang, et al.

Preprint: Calprotectin-mediated zinc chelation inhibits Pseudomonas aeruginosa protease activity in cystic fibrosis sputum – Danielle M. Vermilyea, et al.

General Microbiome

Acquisition of oral microbiota is driven by environment, not host genetics – Chiranjit Mukherjee, et al., Microbiome

Dicer-like proteins influence Arabidopsis root microbiota independent of RNA-directed DNA methylation – Richa Kaushal, et al., Microbiome

The bacterial communities of Alaskan mosses and their contributions to N2-fixation – Hannah Holland-Moritz, et al., Microbiome

Preprint: A Tad-like apparatus is required for contact-dependent prey killing in predatory social bacteria – Sofiene Seef, et al.

Preprint: Completion of the gut microbial epi-bile acid pathway – Heidi L. Doden, et al.

Discovery of novel community-relevant small proteins in a simplified human intestinal microbiome – Hannes Petruschke, et al., Microbiome

Metagenomics and Bioinformatics

Preprint: Beyond taxonomic identification: integration of ecological responses to a soil bacterial 16S rRNA gene database – Briony A. Jones, et al.

Preprint: Amplicon sequence variants artificially split bacterial genomes into separate clusters – Patrick D. Schloss

Preprint: Microbial diversity in tropical marine sediments assessed using culture-dependent and culture-independent techniques – Alyssa M Demko, Nastassia V Patin, and Paul R. Jensen.


Preprint: The Epstein-Barr virus ubiquitin deconjugase BPLF1 regulates the activity of Topoisomerase II during virus replication – JInlin Li, et al.

Preprint: Novel epitopes of human monoclonal antibodies targeting the influenza virus N1 neuraminidase – Ericka Kirkpatrick Roubidoux, et al.


Preprint: Organotypic endothelial adhesion molecules are key for Trypanosoma brucei tropism and virulence – Mariana De Niz, et al.

February 24, 2021

Today’s digest is about functional analyses of microbial community in anoxic sites, microbial life in billions of years old fluid inclusions, development and use of human skin commensal, expanded pig metagenome catalogue and a brilliant review on advances in RNAseq technologies to decipher host-microbiota interactions. Happy reading!

General microbiome

Taxonomic and functional analyses of intact microbial communities thriving in extreme, astrobiology-relevant, anoxic sites – Alexandra Kristin Bashir – Microbiome

Pseudomonas kielensis sp. nov. and Pseudomonas baltica sp. nov., isolated from raw milk in Germany – Stefanie Gieschler – International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

Human microbiome

Development of a human skin commensal microbe for bacteriotherapy of atopic dermatitis and use in a phase 1 randomized clinical trial – Teruaki Nakatsuji – Nature Medicine

Gut microbiome diversity is an independent predictor of survival in cervical cancer patients receiving chemoradiation – Travis T. Sims – Communications Biology

Characterization of the human skin resistome and identification of two microbiota cutotypes – Zhiming Li – Microbiome

Microbial analyses of blood spot surfaces collected from a laboratory and the bathroom of a female single-person household under different environmental conditions – Hee Sang You – FEMS Microbiology Letters

Animal microbiome

Antidepressants fluoxetine and amitriptyline induce alterations in intestinal microbiota and gut microbiome function in rats exposed to chronic unpredictable mild stress – Weijie Zhang – Translational Psychiatry

Ginsenoside Rk3 Ameliorates Obesity-Induced Colitis by Regulating of Intestinal Flora and the TLR4/NF-κB Signaling Pathway in C57BL/6 Mice – Hongwei Chen – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Dietary anthocyanin-rich extract of açai protects from diet-induced obesity, liver steatosis, and insulin resistance with modulation of gut microbiota in mice – Haizhao Song – Nutrition

Effects of supplementing sow diets during late gestation with Pennisetum purpureum on antioxidant indices, immune parameters and faecal microbiota – Peng‐Fei Huang – veterinary Medicine and Science

Alterations in the gut microbiome and metabolic profile in rats acclimated to high environmental temperature – Yang Cao – Microbial Biotechnology

The pelvic flexure separates distinct microbial communities in the equine hindgut – Kailee J. Reed – Scientific Reports

Effects of urolithins on obesity-associated gut dysbiosis in rats fed on a high-fat diet – Abdulrasheed O. Abdulrahman – International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition

Functional Foods

Prebiotic Lactulose Ameliorates the Cognitive Deficit in Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model through Macroautophagy and Chaperone-Mediated Autophagy Pathways – Yan-Suan Lee – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Water microbiome

Ingredients for microbial life preserved in 3.5 billion-year-old fluid inclusions – Helge Mißbach – Nature Communications


Expanded catalog of microbial genes and metagenome-assembled genomes from the pig gut microbiome – Congying Chen – Nature Communications

Cross-species RNA-seq for deciphering host–microbe interactions – Alexander J. Westermann – Nature Reviews Genetics

Computational modeling of the gut microbiota reveals putative metabolic mechanisms of recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection – Michael A. Henson – Plos Computational Biology

An ambient-temperature storage and stabilization device performs comparably to flash-frozen collection for stool metabolomics in infants – Sivapriya Ramamoorthy – BMC Microbiology

Ecological rules for the assembly of microbiome communities – Katharine Z. Coyte – Plos Biology