June 20, 2017

Great articles from bioRxiv today!

Events and jobs
Microbiology Clinical Laboratory Scientist OR Microbiology CLS Opening – KA Recruiting – San Francisco, CA

Acting QC Specialist: Microbiology – Johnson and Johnson – Cork, Ireland

Human vaginal microbiome
Effects of intrauterine contraception on the vaginal microbiota – Christine M. Bassis – Contraception

Human gut microbiome
**Environmental factors dominate over host genetics in shaping human gut microbiota composition – Daphna Rothschild – bioRxiv**

Review: Role of gut microbiota against calcium oxalate – Humaira Sadaf – Microbial Pathogenesis

Review: Glucocorticoids and gut bacteria: “The GALF Hypothesis” in the metagenomic era – David J. Morris – Steroids

Review: The microbiome-gut-brain axis: implications for schizophrenia and antipsychotic induced weight gain – S. Kanji – European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience

Animal experiments
Glycaemic and insulinaemic responses of adult healthy warm-blooded mares following feeding with Jerusalem artichoke meal – M. Glatter – Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition

Water and extremophile microbiome
Review: Phototrophic biofilms: diversity, ecology and applications – Asha Bharti – Journal of Applied Phycology

Built environment
Response of microbial community function to fluctuating geochemical conditions within a legacy radioactive waste trench environment – Xabier Vázquez-Campos – bioRxiv

Accelerating anodic biofilms formation and electron transfer in microbial fuel cells: Role of anionic biosurfactants and mechanism – Yunshu Zhang – Bioelectrochemistry

Food microbiology
Influence of food consumption patterns and Galician lifestyle on human gut microbiota – María Castro-Penalonga – Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry

Microbes in the news
Light-sensitive bacteria could save you during a heart attack – Jon Fingas – Engadget

Bacteria from hot springs solve mystery of metabolismBacteria from hot springs solve mystery of metabolism – Stockholm University – Science News

Common disease-causing bacteria can live airborne for 45 minutes, study shows – Queensland University of Technology – Science News

Meerkats Can Thank Bacteria for Their Signature Butt Scents – Elizabeth Preston – Discover

Microbes on the market
OptiBiotix Signs Major Supply Agreement For Its Microbiome Modulating Cholesterol-Reduction Probiotic – BioSpace

June 19, 2017

Events and jobs

QC Supervisor, Quality Control (Microbiology) – Bausch & Lomb Company Location Seal Beach, CA, US

Microbiology Lab Technician – Apex Life Sciences • Dublin Ohio, OH

General microbiome

Genome-Wide Search for Genes Required for Bifidobacterial Growth under Iron-Limitation – Lanigan N – Front Microbiol

Preprint: Phenotypic consequences of RNA polymerase dysregulation in Escherichia coli – Paramita Sarkar – bioRxiv

EsaB is a core component of the Staphylococcus aureus Type VII secretion system – M. Guillermina Casabona – bioRxiv

Multi-site human microbiome

Dysbiosis in chronic periodontitis: Key microbial players and interactions with the human host – Deng ZL – Sci Rep

Human gut microbiome

Torpor: The Rise and Fall of 3-Monoiodothyronamine from Brain to Gut-From Gut to Brain? – Glossmann HH – Front Endocrinol (Lausanne)

Bacterial Diversity of Intestinal Microbiota in Patients with Substance Use Disorders Revealed by 16S rRNA Gene Deep Sequencing – Xu Y – Sci Rep

Gut Microbiome and Bone: to Build, Destroy, or Both? – Yan J – Curr Osteoporos Rep

From clinical uncertainties to precision medicine: the emerging role of the gut barrier and microbiome in small bowel functional diseases – Marlicz W – Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol

Gut microbiota composition strongly correlates to peripheral insulin sensitivity in obese men but not in women – Most J – Benef Microbes

Animal experiments

Bovine antibodies targeting primary and recurrent Clostridium difficile disease are a potent antibiotic alternative – Hutton ML – Sci Rep

Intestinal metabolites are profoundly altered in the context of HLA-B27 expression and functionally modulate disease in a rat model of spondyloarthropathy – Asquith M – Arthritis Rheumatol

Dietary advanced glycation end products modify gut microbial composition and partially increase colon permeability in rats – Qu W – Mol Nutr Food Res

The scales of the zebrafish: host–microbiota interactions from proteins to populations – Adam R Burns – Curr Opin Microbiol

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Ecological diversity and co-occurrence patterns of bacterial community through soil profile in response to long-term switchgrass cultivation – He S – Sci Rep

Characterization of microbial communities in Chinese rice wine collected at Yichang city and Suzhou city in China – Lyu Y – J Microbiol Biotechnol

Diversity of endophytic mycobiota of tropical tree Tectona grandis Linn.f.: Spatiotemporal and tissue type effects – Singh DK – Sci Rep

Understanding and exploiting plant beneficial microbes – Finkel OM – Curr Opin Plant Biol

Water and extremophile microbiome

ELIXIR pilot action: Marine metagenomics – towards a domain specific set of sustainable services – Robertsen EM – F1000Res

Built environment

Graphene Nanolayers as a New Method for Bacterial Biofilm Prevention: Preliminary Results – Dybowska-Sarapuk Ł – J AOAC Int

Probiotics / prebiotics

Probiotic guidelines and physician practice: a cross-sectional survey and overview of the literature – Draper K – Benef Microbes


Toward a genetic tool development pipeline for host-associated bacteria – Matthew C Waller – Curr Opin Microbiol

Microbes in the news

Bacteria eaters’ set to transform pig treatment – Lauren Dean – FG|Insight

Bacteria Hysteria

Wash your phones, too – Daily Republic – Onome Johnson



June 18, 2017

Quite a large Digest for a Sunday, with most picks being on soil microbiome and some interesting animal papers including how microbial genetic composition may tune host longevity (Bing Han – Cell)

General microbiome

Reply to Wang and Chen: An ancient origin of magnetotactic bacteria – Wei Lin – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Microbiome and Longevity: Gut Microbes Send Signals to Host Mitochondria – Jan Gruber – Cell

Human gut microbiome

The Human Microbiome and the Missing Heritability Problem – Santiago Sandoval-Motta – Frontiers in Genetics

Bacteriophages important for FMT efficacy – Iain Dickson – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Postmortem succession of gut microbial communities in deceased human subjects – Jennifer M. DeBruyn – Peerj

Urinary metabolic insights into host-gut microbial interactions in healthy and IBD children – Francois-Pierre Martin – World Journal of Gastroenterology

Animal experiments

Profound perturbation induced by triclosan exposure in mouse gut microbiome: a less resilient microbial community with elevated antibiotic and metal resistomes – Bei Gao – BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology

Vitamin A deficiency in mice results in a hypermetabolic state, dysbiosis and alterations in bacterial metabolism – Yuan Tian – The Journal of Immunology

Host–microbiota interactions in Caenorhabditis elegans and their significance – Michael Shapira – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Microbial Genetic Composition Tunes Host Longevity – Bing Han – Cell

Probabilistic Invasion Underlies Natural Gut Microbiome Stability – Benjamin Obadia – Current Biology

Animal microbiome

Metagenomic survey of bacteria associated with the invasive ladybird Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) – Krzysztof Dudek – European Journal of Entomology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Microbial mechanisms controlling the rhizosphere effect of ryegrass on degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in an aged-contaminated agricultural soil – Meixia Guo – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Illumina-Based Analysis of Bulk and Rhizosphere Soil Bacterial Communities in Paddy Fields Under Mixed Heavy Metal Contamination – HE Huaidong  – Pedosphere

Paracoccus hibisci sp. nov., isolated from the rhizosphere of Hibiscus syriacus L. (Mugunghwa flower) – Zheng-Fei Yan – International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

The role of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria in improving nitrogen use efficiency for sustainable crop production: a focus on wheat – Nilde Antonella Di Benedetto – AIMS Microbiology Special Issue: Plant probiotic bacteria: solutions to feed the World

Molecular Communication and Nutrient Transfer of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, Symbiotic Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria, and Host Plant in Tripartite Symbiosis – Chunling Chang – Legume Nitrogen Fixation in Soils with Low Phosphorus Availability

Experimental study on the effects of underground CO2 leakage on soil microbial consortia – Fu Chen – International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control

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

In vitro and in silico characterization of metagenomic soil-derived cellulases capable of hydrolyzing oil palm empty fruit bunch – Laura Marcela Palma Medina – Biotechnology Reports

The impacts of organic amendments: Do they confer stability against drought on the soil microbial community? – F. Bastida – Soil Biology and Biochemistry


Review: Harnessing Whole Genome Sequencing in Medical Mycology – Christina A Cuomo – Current Fungal Infection Reports

From complex gut communities to minimal microbiomes via cultivation – Thomas Clavel – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Microbiome ‘fingerprint’ shows donor microbes persist in fecal transplant recipients –R Kumar – Healio Gastroenterology

New Pasteurization Alternative Sanitizes Milk Without Killing Good Bacteria – Luke Dormehl – Digitaltrends

Gut Bacteria May Help Slow Down Process of Ageing – NDTV

Gut microbiota – Tiny helpers against Samonella – Innovations-report

June 17, 2017

Today: A few job searches, a lot of microbes in the news (as we all ponder our bread choices), and some articles about microbes in the wild.

Events and jobs

Assistant Professor-Microbiology (Tenure-Track) – The College of New Jersey

Microbiology Technician – Matchtech, England

Microbiology Analyst – Stericycle, Massachusetts

Animal microbiome

Patterns of seasonality and group membership characterize the gut microbiota in a longitudinal study of wild Verreaux’s sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi) – Springer et al, Ecology and Evolution

Water and extremophile microbiome

Undocumented Potential For Primary Productivity In A Globally-Distributed Bacterial Photoautotroph – Graham et al, bioRxiv (pre-print)

Microbes in the news

White or Whole Wheat Bread Study May Shed Light on Diet Failure – Patrick Keeffe, HealthLine

Gene transfer keeps bacteria fit – University of Basel, Phys.org

In dying, blood-starved heart, bacteria injections offer cellular life support – Beth Mole, Ars Technica

New antibiotic effective against drug-resistant bacteria – Rutgers University, Science Daily

June 16, 2017

Gut microbiome focus: Differences in the gut microbiome between children and adults can mediate the metabolism of arsenic possibly leading to differences in exposure risk, the gut microbiome’s ability to protect against salmonella infection is dependent on the IFNy producing bacteria, the microbiome of insoluble fibre is characterized, and a new in vitro technique to interrogate intestinal transport of microbiota and antigens. Plus an overview of the world data centre for microorganisms, and MicroScope for microbial genome annotation. 

  • Events and jobs

Microbiology Technologist OR Microbiology Medical Technologist – Orlando Florida  


  • General microbiome

Conference: Current concepts in chronic inflammatory diseases: Interactions between microbes, cellular metabolism, and inflammation – Holger Garn – Allergy and Clinical Immunology

  • Human oral microbiome

Characterisation of Roseomonas mucosa isolated from the root canal of an infected tooth – Nina Diesendorf – BMC Research Notes

  • Human gut microbiome

* Interindividual variability of soil arsenic metabolism by human gut microbiota using SHIME model – Naiyi Yin – Chemosphere

* Inter-individual differences determine the outcome of wheat bran colonization by the human gut microbiome – Kim De Paepe – Environmental Microbiology

Review: Microbiota Therapy for Clostridium difficile and Antibiotic Resistant Enteric Infections – Brittany Lewis – Annual Review of Microbiology


  • Animal experiments

* Enhancement of IFNγ Production by Distinct Commensals Ameliorates Salmonella-Induced Disease – Sophie Thiemann – Cell Host and Microbe

Efficacy of antibiotic treatment of implant-associated Staphylococcus aureus infections with moxifloxacin, flucloxacillin, rifampin, and combination therapy: an animal study – Felix Greimel – Drug Design, Development and Therapy

The scales of the zebrafish: host–microbiota interactions from proteins to populations – Adam Burns – Current Opinion in Microbiology

IL-17 Receptor A Maintains and Protects the Skin Barrier To Prevent Allergic Skin Inflammation – Achilleas Floudas – The Journal of Immunology

Irf4-dependent CD103+CD11b+ dendritic cells and the intestinal microbiome regulate monocyte and macrophage activation and intestinal peristalsis in postoperative ileus – Judith-Mira Pohl – Gut

  • Animal microbiome

Effect of three lactobacilli with strain-specific activities on the growth performance, faecal microbiota and ileum mucosa proteomics of piglets – Yating Su – Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology

  • Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Characterization of the regulation of a plant polysaccharide utilization operon and its role in biofilm formation in Bacillus subtilis – Cameron Habib – PLOSone

Grazing of leaf-associated Cercomonads (Protists: Rhizaria: Cercozoa) structures bacterial community composition and function – Sebastian Flues – Environmental Microbiology

Green alder (Alnus viridis) encroachment shapes microbial communities in subalpine soils and impacts its bacterial or fungal symbionts differently – G Schwob – Environmental Microbiology

The role of organic acids on microbial deterioration in the Radix pseudostellariae rhizosphere under continuous monoculture regimes – Hongmiao Wu – Scientific Reports

Specificity traits consistent with legume-rhizobia coevolution displayed by Ensifer meliloti rhizosphere colonization – María Eugenia Salas – Environmental Microbiology

  • Water and extremophile microbiome

Cascading influence of inorganic nitrogen sources on DOM production, composition, lability and microbial community structure in the open ocean – SJ Goldberg – Environmental Microbiology

Functional diversity and redundancy across fish gut, sediment, and water bacterial communities – Arthur Escalas – Environmental Microbiology


  • Phages and viruses

Preprint: Bacteria defend against phages through type IV pilus glycosylation – Hanjeong Harvey- bioRxiv

  • Techniques

Dissecting the human microbiome with single-cell genomics – Andrew Tolonen – Genome Medicine

* A human intestinal M-cell-like model for investigating particle, antigen and microorganism translocation – Ana Beloqui – Nature Protocols

  • Metagenomics

* World data centre for microorganisms: an information infrastructure to explore and utilize preserved microbial strains worldwide – Linhuan Wu – Nucleic Acids Research

* MicroScope in 2017: an expanding and evolving integrated resource for community expertise of microbial genomes – David Vallenet – Nucleic Acids Research

Bacteriocin Gene-Trait matching across the complete Lactobacillus Pan-genome – Fergus Collins – Scientific Reports

Screening and characterization of a novel thermostable lipase with detergent-additive potential from the metagenomic library of a mangrove soil – Leli Tang – Gene

  • Microbial Physiology

Preprint: Phenotypic consequences of RNA polymerase dysregulation in Escherichia coli – Paramita Sarkar – bioRxiv

Preprint: Campylobacter jejuni transcriptome changes during loss of culturability in water – Christina Bronowski – bioRxiv


  • Microbes in the news

You Are What You Eat, And What You Eat Is Millions of MicrobesKyle Frischkorn – Smithsonian.com

John Bartlett’s Take on Critical Infectious Disease Topics: Part 3 – John Bartlett – Medscape

Placental Microbiome – Sally Robertson – Life Sciences News

Light-activated bacteria protect rats from heart attacks – Michael Price – Science

These light-eating bacteria could one day help us survive heart attacks – Alessandra Potenza – The Verge

Scientists image molecular machinery never before seen in bacteria – Brooke Hays – UPI

June 15, 2017

Today’s digest is full of plant, animal, and soil microbiome studies as well as a nice serving of human gut science, specifically about FMT.

Events and jobs

Visiting Assistant Professor of Microbiology – Methodist University, North Carolina

GENEWIZ Week – many small events, contests, giveaways, and webinars (including mine on using Metagenomics for Biomarker Discovery posted here on Sunday’s blog post. Since my webinar was yesterday, it will be archived and can be downloaded from genewiz.com, starting next week – don’t forget to check it out!)

General microbiome

* Comprehensive analysis of microorganisms accompanying human archaeological remains – Anna Philips – Gigascience

Pregnancy and early life

Relationships Among Microbial Communities, Maternal Cells, Oligosaccharides, and Macronutrients in Human Milk – Williams JE – Journal of Human Lactation

Human oral microbiome

Targeted Antimicrobial Therapy in the Microbiome Era – Victoria N. Stone – Molecular Oral Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

* Identification of donor microbe species that colonize and persist long term in the recipient after fecal transplant for recurrent Clostridium difficile – Ranjit Kumar – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

* Fecal microbiota transplantation in metabolic syndrome: History, present and future – P. F. de Groot – Gut microbes

Intestinal microbiota, fecal microbiota transplantation, and inflammatory bowel disease – Weingarden AR – Gut Microbes

Faecal microbiota study reveals specific dysbiosis in spondyloarthritis – Maxime Breban – Annals of Rheumatic Diseases

Metaproteomic analysis of human gut microbiota: where are we heading? – Pey Yee Lee – Journal of Biomedical Science

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

Variability, stability, and resilience of fecal microbiota in dairy cows fed whole crop corn silage – Minh Thuy Tang – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Plantago ovata in broiler chicken nutrition: Performance, carcass criteria, intestinal morphology, immunity, and intestinal bacterial population – A. Divani – Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition

Chronic treatment with prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics attenuated cardiac dysfunction by improving cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction in male obese insulin-resistant rats – Tunapong W – European Journal of Nutrition

Amelioration of obesity-related characteristics by a probiotic formulation in a high-fat diet-induced obese rat model – Joo-Hyun Shin – European Journal of Nutrition

Early Gut Microbiota Intervention Suppresses DSS-Induced Inflammatory Responses by Deactivating TLR/NLR Signalling in Pigs – Yi Xiao – Scientific Reports

* Profound perturbation induced by triclosan exposure in mouse gut microbiome: a less resilient microbial community with elevated antibiotic and metal resistomes – Bei Gao – BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

[PrePrint] Ecophysiology of freshwater Verrucomicrobia inferred from genomes recovered through time-series metagenomics – Shaomei He – bioRxiv

Long-Term Survey Is Necessary to Reveal Various Shifts of Microbial Composition in Corals – Shan-Hua Yang – Aquatic Microbiology (Frontiers in Microbiology)

Preferential suppression of Anopheles gambiae host sequences allows detection of the mosquito eukaryotic microbiome – Eugeni Belda – Scientific Reports

Social odours covary with bacterial community in the anal secretions of wild meerkats – Sarah Leclaire – Scientific Reports

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Imidacloprid application changes microbial dynamics and enzymes in rice soil – Bibhab Mahapatra – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Comparison of ammonia oxidation bacteria community structure in paddy soil with different utilized years – Zhao WeiYe – Southwest China Journal of Agricultural Sciences

[MS Thesis] Variation of Soil Microbial Communities within a Consociation Soil Map Unit and a Vegetative Transect through an Oak Motte – Sarah Elizabeth Shawver – Tarleton State University

Effects of different intercropping patterns on rhizosphere soil bacteria colony characteristics and flue-cured tobacco yield and quality – Wei Jun – Guangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Rhizospheric bacteria diversity of Cypripedium macranthum estimated via high throughput sequencing – Zhang Jian -Southwest China Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Denitrifying bacterial communities display different temporal fluctuation patterns across Dutch agricultural soils – Lopez-Lozano NE – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Ecophylogeny of the endospheric root fungal microbiome of co-occurring Agrostis stolonifera – Amandine Le Van – PeerJ

Consistent effects of nitrogen fertilization on soil bacterial communities in black soils for two crop seasons in China – Jing Zhou – Scientific Reports

A next generation sequencing approach with a suitable bioinformatics workflow to study fungal diversity in bioaerosols released from two different types of composting plants – Hamza Mbareche – Science of The Total Environment

The Effects of Cropping Regimes on Fungal and Bacterial Communities of Wheat and Faba Bean in a Greenhouse Pot Experiment Differ between Plant Species and Compartment – Granzow S – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Unraveling the environmental and anthropogenic drivers of bacterial community changes in the Estuary of Bilbao and its tributaries – Mikel Aguirre – PLOS ONE

Food microbiology

Metagenomics insights into food fermentations – Francesca De Filippis – Microbial Biotechnology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Effect of probiotic Lactobacillus on lipid profile: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials – Yuncheng Wu – PLOS ONE

Growing Literature but Limited Evidence: A Systematic Review regarding Prebiotic and Probiotic Interventions for those with Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – Lisa A. Brenner – Brain, Behavior, Immunity

Microbes on the market

$10 million gift boosts gut microbiome research at Wash U

Ed’s non-microbiology picks 

Computational design of trimeric influenza-neutralizing proteins targeting the hemagglutinin receptor binding site – Eva-Maria Strauch – Nature Biotechnology

Aberrant telomere length and mitochondrial DNA copy number in suicide completers –  Ikuo Otsuka – Scientific Reports

Impact of nutrition on social decision making – Sabrina Strang – PNAS

Oral vitamin D rapidly attenuates inflammation from sunburn: an interventional study – Jeffrey F. Scott – JID

Adaptive self-organization of Bali’s ancient rice terraces – J. Stephen Lansing – PNAS

Ravens remember the nature of a single reciprocal interaction sequence over 2 days and even after a month – J. J. A. Muller – Animal Behaviour

June 14, 2017

Still quite a few articles on rhizosphere, and antibiotic resistance remains a hot topic, both in the literature and media. How about a Micro-lympics?


Microbiology Technician – Seattle Washington


*Annual Microbiology Retreat µlympics – Indiana University

General microbiology

*Commentary: History of Medicine: Origin of the Term Microbiome and why it Matters – Susan L. Prescott – Human Microbiome Journal

A Stoichioproteomic Analysis of Samples from the Human Microbiome Project – Briana Vecchio-Pagan – Frontiers in Microbiology

Adaptor protein mediates dynamic pump assembly for bacterial metal efflux – Ace George Santiago et al. – PNAS

Press: E. coli bacteria’s defense secret revealed – Bill Steele – Phys.org

Uncharacterized bacterial structures revealed by electron cryotomography – Megan J. Dobro et al. – Journal of Bacteriology

Press: Researchers discover new structures in bacteria, seek to determine function – Phys.org

Microbots decorated with silver nanoparticles kill bacteria in aqueous media – Diana Vilela et al. – Applied Materials and Interfaces

Human gut microbiome

Book chapter: The gut microbiome and inflammatory bowel disease – Maire A. Conrad et al. – Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ed. Petar Mamula et al.)

Quantitative systems pharmacology and the personalized drug-microbiota-diet axis – Ines Thiele et al. – Current Opinion in Systems Biology

Human nearly-sterile sites

Endometrial microbiota—new player in town – Inmaculada Moreno & Jason M. Franasiak – Fertility and Sterility

Contributions of the maternal oral and gut microbiome to placental microbial colonization in overweight and obese pregnant women – Luisa F. Gomez-Arango et al. – Scientific Reports

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Stability and dynamics of enzyme activity patterns in the rice rhizosphere: Effects of plant growth and temperature – Tida Ge et al. – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Doctoral thesis: Exploring candidate genes and rhizosphere microbiome in relation to iron cycling in Andean potatoes – Hua Xiao – Virginia Tech

Analysis of bacterial communities in rhizosphere soil of continuously cropped healthy and diseased konjac – Jinping Wu et al. – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

*Fishing bacteria with a nanonet – F. De Cesare et al. – Materials Today

Isolation, identification, characterization, and screening of rhizospheric bacteria for herbicidal activity – Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji et al. – Organic Agriculture

Bacterial communities on wheat grown under long-term conventional tillage and no-till in the Pacific Northwest of the US – Chuntao Yin et al. – Phytobiomes

*Dispersal enhances beta diversity in nectar microbes – Rachel L. Vannette & Tadashi Fukami – Ecology Letters

Temporal dynamics of soil microbial communities below the seedbed under two contrasting tillage regimes – Florine Degrune et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Effect of phosphate-solubilizing bacteria on phosphorus dynamics and the bacterial community during composting of sugarcane industry waste – German A. Estrada-Bonilla et al. – Systematic and Applied Microbiology

Colonization habitat controls biomass, composition, and metabolic activity of attached microbial communities in the Columbia River hyporheic corridor – Noah Stern et al. – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Prokaryote species richness is positively correlated with eukaryote abundance in wastewater treatment biofilms – I.L. Angell et al. – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Built environment

The bacterial composition of ventilation filter dust in Norwegian pre-school nurseries – Anders B Nygaard & Colin Charnock – Indoor and Built Environment

Factors Determining the Biodiversity of Halophilic Microorganisms on Historic Masonry Buildings – Anna Otlewska et al. – Microbes and Environments

Phages and viruses

The pepper virome: natural co-infection of diverse viruses and their quasispecies – Yeonhwa Jo et al. – BMC Genomics


A novel method to determine the minimum number of sequences required for reliable microbial community analysis – Jiajia Ni et al. – Journal of Microbiological Methods

*PrePrint: Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation − a benchmark of computational metagenomics software – Alexander Sczyrba et al. – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Live antibiotics use bacteria to kill bacteria – Elizabeth Eaton – Science News

Will a New Drug to Fight Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Really Work? – Shawn Radcliffe – Healthline news

Former Pfizer Scientist Is Resurrecting Projects To Solve The Multidrug Resistant Bacteria Problem – John LaMattina – Forbes

The Algae That Devastated Florida’s Coasts Also Contained 28 Kinds Of Bacteria, Study Finds – Kate Stein – WGCU

Microbes on the market

DoggyBiome: studying the microbiome to improve dog health – AnimalBiome – Backerkit

Science, career and publishing

Book chapter: Women of Science – Laura E. Willis – Viewpoints on Media Effects: Pseudo-reality and Its Influence on Media Consumers (Ed. Carol M. Madere)

PrePrint: An elective course for medical students on innovation and entrepreneurship – Erik Reinertsen et al. – bioRxiv