July 16, 2020

Greeting everyone from the boiling hell southern Spain tourns every Summer.

Today we have a lot of soil microbiome in general. Also PARGT, a new software tool for predicting antimicrobial resistance in bacteria. And new insight in the relatioship between blood type and bacteria.

General microbiome

Blood type and the microbiome- untangling a complex relationship with lessons from pathogens – Kathleen L Arnolds et al. – Current Opinion in Microbiology

In vivo synthesis of bacterial amyloid curli contributes to joint inflammation during S. Typhimurium infection – Amanda L. Miller et al. – PLOS PATHOGENS

Human respiratory microbiome

Proteomic advances in salivary diagnostics – Eftychia Pappa et al. – Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Proteins and Proteomics

Human gut microbiome

The Influence of Gut and Tumor Microbiome on Pancreatic Cancer Outcomes – Natalia Khalaf MD et al. – Gastroenterology

Animal microbiome

Inulin alleviates hypersaline-stress induced oxidative stress and dysbiosis of gut microbiota in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) – Li Zhou et al. – Aquaculture

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial Community Composition and Function in Sediments from the Pearl River Mouth Basin – Ye Chen et al.Journal of Ocean University of China

Protist Interactions and Seasonal Dynamics in the Coast of Yantai, Northern Yellow Sea of China as Revealed by Metabarcoding – Yingjun Fu etl al. – Journal of Ocean University of China volume

Substrate regulation leads to differential responses of microbial ammonia-oxidizing communities to ocean warming – Zhen-Zhen Zheng et al. – Nature Communications

Pre-print Ecogenomics of groundwater viruses suggests niche differentiation linked to specific environmental tolerance – Ankita Kothari et al. – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Review – Can interaction between silicon and non–rhizobial bacteria benefit in improving nodulation and nitrogen fixation in salinity–stressed legumes? A review – Hassan Etesami – Rhizosphere

Reductive soil disinfestation incorporated with organic residue combination significantly improves soil microbial activity and functional diversity than sole residue incorporation – Jun Zhao et al. – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Microbial clicks and combobulation: integrating microbes without passports and visas for managing soilborne diseases – Sanogo Soum –
Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi improve mineral nutrition and tolerance of olive tree to Verticillium wilt – Boutaj Hanane – Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection

Responses of microbial communities and metabolic activities in the rhizosphere during phytoremediation of Cd-contaminated soil – Chenjing Liu et al. – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

MnO2/tourmaline composites as efficient cathodic catalysts enhance bioelectroremediation of contaminated river sediment and shape biofilm microbiomes in sediment microbial fuel cells – Wei Li et al. – Applied Catalysis B: Environmental

Reductive soil disinfestation incorporated with organic residue combination significantly improves soil microbial activity and functional diversity than sole residue incorporation – Jun Zhao et al. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Revegetation approach and plant identity unequally affect structure, ecological network and function of soil microbial community in a highly acidified mine tailings pond – Wen-hua Zhou et al. – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Nitrogen enrichment stimulates wetland plant responses whereas salt amendments alter sediment microbial communities and biogeochemical responses – Mary Donato et al. – PLOS ONE

Built environment

Identification of sulfate-reducing and methanogenic microbial taxa in anaerobic bioreactors from industrial wastewater treatment plants using next-generation sequencing and gene clone library analyses – Jantharadej, Krittayapong et al. – Journal of Environmental Science and Health

Determination of the inhibitory concentration level of fat, oil, and grease (FOG) towards bacterial and archaeal communities in anaerobic digestion – Muhammad Usman et al. – Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews


PARGT: a software tool for predicting antimicrobial resistance in bacteria – Abu Sayed chowdhury et al. – Scientific Reports

Classification of 16S rRNA reads is improved using a niche-specific database constructed by near-full length sequencing – Phillip R. Myer et al. – PLOS ONE

June 27, 2020

Shalom from Israel and a Happy world microbiome day!

Yes, it is a true day! celebrating the huge diversity of microbes around us, above us, below us and inside us. Check the day’s official website for more information, and take the weekend to appreciate this amazing field and your own personal contribution to advancing our knowledge about microbial communities on our planet.

Personally, I did my undergrad in Ecology and Evolution, confidence that I’ll my scientific career will focus on plant ecology and distribution, or at least large animals. Microbiology classes and introduction labs bored me, and I did my best to avoid this topic. But all of a sudden, during my Master’s degree (where I worked on a pathogenicity mechanism of postharvest disease-causing bacteria), I fell in love with microbiology in general, and specific bacterial communities. The huge untapped diversity, the unbelievable functions and the amazing interactions needed to maintain a functional community of these invisible inhabitants just fascinated me. Today, as a Ph.D. student exploring secondary metabolites gene clusters in soil and root microbiome, I’m a super-fan of the bacterial world.

How did you end up being microbiome suckers? Feel free to share your stories here as a comment, on MD FB page, or directly on tweeter.

Today’s digest include several microbimoe papers of animal midels (including ‘dirty mice’), diseased tomatoes taxonomical and functional microbiome profile, AND- a sweet reminder of the pre-COVID-19 world, with an analysis of the dust microbiome of a plane (remember this vehicle?).

Human and Animal Models microbiome

**Microbial transmission in animal social networks and the social microbiome, Amar Sarkar , Nat. Eco. Evo.

Does entry to center-based childcare affect gut microbial colonization in young infants?, Gerben D. A. Hermes, Scientific Reports

Serum metabolites reflecting gut microbiome
alpha diversity predict type 2 diabetes
, Cristina Menni, Gut microbes

**New Insights into the Immune System Using Dirty Mice, Sara E. Hamilton, J. Immunology.

Optimization of cerebrospinal fluid microbial metagenomic sequencing diagnostics,Josefin Olausson , bioRxiv

Sleep fragmentation increases blood pressure and is associated with alterations in the gut microbiome and fecal metabolome in rats, Katherine.Maki, Phys. Geno.

Animal microbiome

Environment Shapes the Microbiome of the Blue Orchard Bee, Osmia lignaria, Hamutahl Cohen, Microbial Ecology

The gut mycobiome of healthy mice is shaped by the environment and shapes metabolic outcomes in response to diet, Tahliyah S. Mims, bioRxiv

Microbial communities network analysis of anaerobic reactors fed with bovine and swine slurry, Eliane Cristina Gruszka Vendruscolo, Sci. Tot. Env.

Metagenomic analysis reveals significant differences in microbiome and metabolic profiles in the rumen of sheep fed low N diet with increased urea supplementation, Zhipeng Li, FEMS Micro. Eco.

Soil and Plant microbiome

Changes in Bacterial and Fungal Microbiomes Associated with Tomatoes of Healthy and Infected by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici, Xin Zhou, Microbial Ecology

Insights into drylands biocrust microbiome: geography, soil depth, and crust type affect biocrust microbial communities and networks in Mojave Desert, USA, Nuttapon Pombubpa, FEMS Micro. Eco.

Exploring the Lignin Catabolism Potential of Soil-Derived Lignocellulolytic Microbial Consortia by a Gene-Centric Metagenomic Approach, Laura Díaz-García, Microbial Ecology

Shotgun Metagenomics Of Dust Microbiome From Flight Deck And Cabin In Civil Aviation Aircraft, Yu Sun, Indoor Air


MicroNiche: an R package for assessing microbial niche breadth and overlap from amplicon sequencing data, D.R. Finn , FEMS Micro. Eco.

June 12, 2020

Buenos dias and greetings from Spain!

Today we can announce a Virtual Skin Microbiome Symposium held by New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC), that will start on June 15 to June 22, 2020, will include five on-demand sessions, a live panel Q&A and the Suppliers’ Day Digital Pop-Up & Solutions Center.


Epidemiological models are important tools for guiding COVID-19 interventions – Robin N. Thompson – BMC Medicine

Diagnosis of COVID-19 in children: the story evolves – R. Harwood and I. Sinha – BMC Medicine

Africa’s response to COVID-19 – Chikwe Ihekweazu and Emmanuel Agogo – BMC Medicine

Evaluation of the potential incidence of COVID-19 and effectiveness of containment measures in Spain: a data-driven approach – Alberto Aleta and Yamir Moreno – BMC Medicine

Pre-print – Identification of unique mutations in SARS-CoV-2 strains isolated from India suggests its attenuated pathotype – Shubham Gaurav – bioRxiv

General microbiome

Feasibility of collection and analysis of microbiome data in a longitudinal randomized trial of community gardening – Mireia Gascon – Future microbiology

Targeted microbiome depletion – A Du ToitNature Reviews Microbiology

Combining proteogenomics and metaproteomics for deep taxonomic and functional characterization of microbiomes from a non-sequenced host D Gouveia et al. – Biofilms and Microbiomes

Microbiome factors in HPV-driven carcinogenesis and cancers D Lin et al. – Plos Pathogens

Human respiratory microbiome

Clinical diagnostic application of metagenomic next-generation sequencing in children with severe nonresponding pneumonia – Heping Wang – PLOS ONE

Human vaginal microbiome

Exploring potential of vaginal Lactobacillus isolates from South African women for enhancing treatment for bacterial vaginosis – Anna-Ursula Happel – PLOS ONE

Human nearly-sterile sites

Parapseudoflavitalea muciniphila gen. nov., sp. nov., a member of the family Chitinophagaceae isolated from a human peritoneal tumour and reclassification of Pseudobacter ginsenosidimutans as Pseudoflavitalea ginsenosidimutans comb. nov. – Paul A. Lawson et al. – Microbiology society

Animal experiments

Evaluation of the bacterial ocular surface microbiome in ophthalmologically normal dogs prior to and following treatment with topical neomycin-polymyxin-bacitracin – Callie M Rogers et al. – PLOS ONE

Short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides supplementation to suckling piglets: Assessment of pre- and post-weaning performance and gut health – Miriam Ayuso – PLOS ONE

Polysaccharides isolated from Cordyceps Sinensis contribute to the progression of NASH by modifying the gut microbiota in mice fed a high-fat diet – Lei Chen et al. – PLOS ONE

Effect of dietary gossypol supplement on fermentation characteristics and bacterial diversity in the rumen of sheep – CaiDie Wang – PLOS ONE

Polysaccharides isolated from Cordyceps Sinensis contribute to the progression of NASH by modifying the gut microbiota in mice fed a high-fat diet – Lei Chen – PLOS ONE

β-glucan administration improves growth performance and gut health in New Zealand White and APRI rabbits with different breed responses – Mahmoud M Abo Ghanima – PLOS ONE

Comparative study of gut microbiota in Tibetan wild asses (Equus kiang) and domestic donkeys (Equus asinus) on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau – H Liu, X Zhao – PeerJ

Pre-print – Differential genes and microbiota revealed by serum metabolomics of obese rats after intervention by Rhizoma Coptidis – K Luo et al. – Research Square

Pre-print – Quantifying fluorescent glycan uptake to elucidate strain-level variability in foraging behaviors of rumen bacteria – Leeann Klassen et al. – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

Characterizing the microbiome of ectoparasitic louse flies feeding on migratory raptors – Rebecca A McCabe et al. – PLOS ONE

Characterization of the microbiota of commercially-traded finfish fillets – HR Shehata et al. – Food Research International

A bug’s life-delving into the challenges of helminth microbiome studies – F Formenti et al. – PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Fish skin and gut microbiomes show contrasting signatures of host species and habitat – FÉ Sylvain et al. – Applied and Environmental

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Isolation, Screening and Identification of Free-Living Diazotrophic Bacteria from Salinated Arid Soils – SA Begmatova et al. – Microbiology

Eukaryotic Microbial Communities in Japanese Arable AndisolsInvestigated by Amplicon Sequencing of 18S rRNA – GenesKazumori Mise et al. – American Society for microbiology

Combined effects of green manure returning and addition of sewage sludge compost on plant growth and microorganism communities in gold tailings. – YJ Ai et al. – Environmental Science and Pollution

Taxonomic shifts in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities with shade and soil nitrogen across conventionally managed and organic coffee agroecosystems. – L Aldrich-Wolfe et al. – Mycorrhiza

Metagenomics Framework for the study of Soil Microbial Communities Based 16s rRNA Gene profiling approach – A Basu et al. – International Journal of Biotechnology

Soil microbial communities in the rhizosphere of Robinia pseudoacacia L. after being exposed to elevated atmospheric CO2 and cadmium for 4 years – X Jia et al. – Applied Soil Ecology

Soil aggregates by design: Manufactured aggregates with defined microbial composition for interrogating microbial activities in soil microhabitats – HJ Harvey et al – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Would fertilization history render the soil microbial communities and their activities more resistant to rainfall fluctuations? J Kátai et al. – biorxiv

Pre-print – Meta-transcriptomic detection of diverse and divergent RNA viruses in green and chlorarachniophyte algae – Justine Charon et al. – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome

Comparative metagenomics reveals the microbial diversity and metabolic potentials in the sediments and surrounding seawaters of Qinhuangdao mariculture area – Shuping Wang et al. – PLOS ONE

Spatial dynamics of eukaryotic microbial communities in the German Bight – PAA Sprong et al. – Journal of Sea Research

Temporal distribution of microbial community in an industrial wastewater treatment system following crash and during recovery periods – H Barak et al. – Chemosphere

Pre-print – Characterizing the growing microorganisms at species level in 46 anaerobic digesters at Danish wastewater treatment plants: A six-year survey on microbiome structure and key drivers – Chenjing Jiang et al. – bioRxiv

Pre-print – Ozone nanobubble treatment effectively reduced pathogenic Gram positive and negative bacteria in freshwater and safe for tilapia – Chayuda Jhunkeaw et al. – bioRxiv

Pre-print – Impact of trimethoprim on the river microbiome and antimicrobial resistance. James Delaney et al. – bioRxiv


gutMEGA: a database of the human gut MEtaGenome Atlas – Q Zhang et al. – Briefings in Bioinformatics

May 13, 2020

Happy Wednesday, y’all! Before we get to today’s papers, I wanted to let everyone know about a webinar happening on June 3rd at 12:00 PM E.T. called “Unraveling the link between the gut microbiome, human health, and disease.” Tomoya Yamashita, M.D., Ph.D. from Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine and Meredith Hullar, Ph.D. from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will both be speaking. If you’re interested you can register here.

Now onto the highlights! We have some super interesting research to share with you today including an examination of the efficacy of transplanting the human gut microbiota into mice and its impact on studying immunological responses; evidence that early-life intestinal colonizers may influence brain development; and a new tool, pepFUNK, which uses a peptide-centric approach to identify KEGG pathways in metaproteomic datasets. Enjoy!

General microbiome
Human Microbiota-Transplanted C57BL/6 Mice and Offspring Display Reduced Establishment of Key Bacteria and Reduced Immune Stimulation Compared to Mouse Microbiota-Transplantation. Lundberg, R. et al. Scientific Reports.

Review: The role of the microbiome in the neurobiology of social behaviour. Sarkar, A. et al. Biological Reviews.

Pregnancy and early life
Neonatal diet alters fecal microbiota and metabolome profiles at different ages in infants fed breast milk or formula. Brink, L.R. et al. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Investigating Bifidobacteria and Human Milk Oligosaccharide Composition of Lactating Mothers. Lugli, A.G. et al. FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

Human respiratory microbiome
Bioorthogonal Non-Canonical Amino Acid Tagging Reveals Translationally Active Subpopulations of the Cystic Fibrosis Lung Microbiota. Valentini, T.D. et al. Nature Communications.

Human gut microbiome
Longitudinal Analysis of Serum Cytokine Levels and Gut Microbial Abundance Links IL-17/IL-22 With Clostridia and Insulin Sensitivity in Humans. Zhou, X. et al. Diabetes.

Berberine and Its Structural Analogs Have Differing Effects on Functional Profiles of Individual Gut Microbiomes. Li, L. et al. Gut Microbes.

Animal experiments
Developmental Signatures of Microbiota-Derived Metabolites in the Mouse Brain. Swann, J.R. et al. Metabolites.

Bifidobacteria Shape Host Neural Circuits During Postnatal Development by Promoting Synapse Formation and Microglial Function. Luck, B. et al. Scientific Reports.

Glycerol Monolaurate, an Analogue to a Factor Secreted by Lactobacillus, Is Virucidal Against Enveloped Viruses, Including HIV-1. Welch, J.L. et al. mBio.

Gut Microbiome Communication With Bone Marrow Regulates Susceptibility to Amebiasis. Burgess, S.L. et al. The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

The Protective Effects of 2′-Fucosyllactose Against E. Coli O157 Infection Are Mediated by the Regulation of Gut Microbiota and the Inhibition of Pathogen Adhesion. Wang Y. et al. Nutrients.

Capsaicin Improves Glucose Homeostasis by Enhancing Glucagon-Like peptide-1 Secretion Through the Regulation of Bile Acid Metabolism via the Remodeling of the Gut Microbiota in Male Mice. Hui, S. et al. FASEB Journal.

Microbiota-Induced Type I Interferons Instruct a Poised Basal State of Dendritic Cells. Schaupp L. et al. Cell.

Intratumoral Accumulation of Gut Microbiota Facilitates CD47-based Immunotherapy via STING Signaling. Shi, Y. et al. Journal of Experimental Medicine.

Animal microbiome
Housefly (Musca domestica L.) associated microbiota across different life stages. de Jonge, N. et al. Scientific Reports.

Honey-bee–associated prokaryotic viral communities reveal wide viral diversity and a profound metabolic coding potential. Deboutte, W. et al. PNAS.

Bayesian Modeling Reveals Host Genetics Associated With Rumen Microbiota Jointly Influence Methane Emission in Dairy Cows. Zhang, Q. et al. ISME Journal.

Review: The role of the gut microbiome in sustainable teleost aquaculture. Perry, W.B. et al. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Interactions between social groups of colobus monkeys (Colobus vellerosus) explain similarities in their gut microbiomes. Wikberg E.C. Animal Behaviour.

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Global Warming Shifts the Composition of the Abundant Bacterial Phyllosphere Microbiota as Indicated by a Cultivation Dependent and Independent Study of the Grassland Phyllosphere of a Long-Term Warming Field-Experiment. Aydogan, E.L. et al. FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

Probiotics / prebiotics
A Human-Origin Probiotic Cocktail Ameliorates Aging-Related Leaky Gut and Inflammation via Modulating the Microbiota/Taurine/Tight Junction Axis. Ahmadi, S. et al. JCI Insight.

SHOGUN: A Modular, Accurate, and Scalable Framework for Microbiome Quantification. Hillmann, B. et al. Bioinformatics.

pepFunk: A Tool for Peptide-Centric Functional Analysis of Metaproteomic Human Gut Microbiome Studies. Simopoulos, C.M.A. et al. Bioinformatics.

Microbes in the news
Mapping the Microbiome in Saliva of COVID-19 Patients.

Inside the Belly of the Horse – Doctoral candidate Alexa Johnson goes inside the gut to investigate equine health.

May 12, 2020

Buenos dias!! Greetings from Spain.

Today we can highlight a very interesting article of gut–brain modulation of a monkey model of human depression, MELODY a new trial to improve the future microbiome of the offspring of mothers with Crohn’s disease, or how It’s the fertilization the main agent in rhizosphere composition.

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did making it!
Stay safe, Jose


Pre-print: Prediction analysis of SARS-COV-2 entry in Livestock and Wild animals – Manas Ranjan Praharaj et al. – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Clinical performance of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody tests and potential protective immunity – Niko Kohmer et al. – bioRxiv

Pre-print: The role of high cholesterol in age related COVID19 lethality. – Hao Wang et al. – bioRxiv

Human vaginal microbiome

Effect of commercial vaginal products on the growth of uropathogenic and commensal vaginal bacteria – Kristin J. Hung et al. – Scientific Reports

Human respiratory microbiome

Differences in airway microbiome and metabolome of single lung transplant recipients – Nirmal S. Sharma et al. – Respiratory Research

Pre-print: Assessing the variation within the oral microbiome of healthy adults – Jacob T. Nearing et al. – bioRxiv

Microbiome profile associated with malignant pleural effusion – Samira Shojaee et al. – PLOS ONE

Composition and function of oral microbiota between gingival squamous cell carcinoma and periodontitis – Yuchao Li et al. – Oral Oncology

Esophageal microbiome signature in patients with Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma – Loris Riccardo Lopetuso et al. – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Subtle Variations in Dietary-Fiber Fine Structure Differentially Influence the Composition and Metabolic Function of GutMicrobiota – Tuncil, Y. E et al. – mSphere

Intestinal parasites in rural communities in Nan Province, Thailand: Changes in bacterial gut microbiota associated with minute intestinal fluke infection – Ajala Prommi et al. – Cambridge University Press

Perturbations of the Gut Microbiome and Metabolome in Children with Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stone Disease – Michelle R et al. – Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

The gut microbiome modulates gut–brain axis glycerophospholipid metabolism in a region-specific manner in a non-human primate model of depression – Peng Zheng et al. – Molecular Psychiatry

A dietary intervention to improve the microbiome composition of pregnant women with Crohn’s disease and their offspring: The MELODY (Modulating Early Life Microbiome through Dietary Intervention in Pregnancy) trial design – Peter Inga et al. – Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications

Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis Associated with Bile Acid Metabolism in Neonatal Cholestasis Disease – Meng Li et al. – Scientific Reports

Individual and cohort-specific gut microbiota patterns associated with tissue-specific insulin sensitivity in overweight and obese males – Gerben D. A. Hermes et al. – Scientific Reports

Fecal microbiota composition is linked to the postoperative disease course in patients with Crohn’s disease – Anna Strömbeck et al. – BMC Gastroenterology

Human skin microbiome

Diversity of navel microbiome in young adults Free – Shreya Shah et al. – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Animal experiments

Wild primate microbiomes prevent weight gain in germ-free mice – Dimitrios N. Sidiropoulos et al. – Animal Microbiome

Changes in the microbiome of mariculture feed organisms after treatment with a potentially probiotic strain of Phaeobacter inhibens – Karen K. Dittmann et al. – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Alterations of fecal microbiome characteristics by dietary soy isoflavone ingestion in growing pigs infected with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus – B N Smith et al. – Journal of Animal Science

Influenza infection elicits an expansion of gut population of endogenous Bifidobacterium animalis which protects mice against infection – Qiang Zhang et al. – Genome Biology

Pre-print: Impact of industrial production system parameters on chicken microbiomes: mechanisms to improve performance and reduce Campylobacter – Aaron McKenna et al. – bioRxiv

Administration of Bifidobacterium bifidum CGMCC 15068 modulates gut microbiota and metabolome in azoxymethane (AOM)/dextran sulphate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis-associated colon cancer (CAC) in mice – Qing Wang et al. – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Animal microbiome

Structure and membership of gut microbial communities in multiple fish cryptic species under potential migratory effects – My Hanh Le et al. – Scientific Reports

Seasonal habitat drives intestinal microbiome composition in anadromous Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) – Geraint Element et al. – Envariomental microbiology

Honeybee microbiome is stabilized in the presence of propolisPerot Saelao et al. – Biology letters

Body-size Scaling is Related to Gut Microbial Diversity, Metabolism and Dietary Niche of Arboreal Folivorous Flying Squirrels – Po-Yu Liu et al. – Scientific Reports

Preprint: Differential Response of Digesta- and Mucosa-Associated Intestinal Microbiota to Dietary Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) Larvae Meal in Seawater Phase Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) – Yanxian Li et al. – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Liming reduces N2O emissions from Mediterranean soil after-rewetting and affects the size, structure and transcription of microbial communities – Eduardo Vázquez et al – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Significant effects on soil microbial communities were not detected after strategic tillage following 44 years of conventional or no-tillage management – Vivian A. Rincon-Florez – Pedobiologia

Seasonal variations in soil microbial communities under different land restoration types in a subtropical mountains region, Southwest China – Denggao Fu et al. – Applied Soil Ecology

Short term effects of biochar with different particle sizes on phosphorous availability and microbial communities – Rubab Sarfraz et al. – Chemosphere

Microbial community responses to different volatile petroleum hydrocarbon class mixtures in an aerobic sandy soil – George Mangse et al.– Environmental Pollution

Plant litter amendments in restored wetland soils altered microbial communities more than clay additions – Christine E. Maietta et al. – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Long-term fertilization rather than plant species shapes rhizosphere and bulk soil prokaryotic communities in agroecosystems – Mikhail V. Semenov et al. – Applied Soil Ecology

Effect of compost amendment and bioaugmentation on PAH degradation and microbial community shifting in petroleum-contaminated soil – Manli Wu et al. – Chemosphere

Review: The use of -omics tools for assessing biodeterioration of cultural heritage: A review – GutarowskaBeata – Journal of Cultural Heritage

Water and extremophile

Tagging the vanA gene in wastewater microbial communities for cell sorting and taxonomy of vanA carrying cells – Sara Gallego et al – Science of The Total Environment

High-Throughput Sequencing Reveals a Potentially Novel Sulfurovum Species Dominating the Microbial Communities of the Seawater–Sediment Interface of a Deep-Sea Cold Seep in South China Sea – Qing-Lei Sun et al. – Microorganisms

Glacial microbiota are hydrologically connected and temporally variable – Karen A Cameron et al. – Enviromental microbiology

Built environment

The microbiome driving anaerobic digestion and microbial analysis – Jun Wei Lim et al. – Advances in Bioenergy


MG-MLST: Characterizing the Microbiome at the Strain Level in Metagenomic Data – Nathanael J. Bangayan et al. – Microorganisms

Inference of single-cell phylogenies from lineage tracing data using Cassiopeia – Matthew G Jones et al. – Genome Biology

TaxIt: An iterative computational pipeline for untargeted strain-level identification using MS/MS spectra from pathogenic single-organism samples – Mathias Kuhring et al. Journal of Proteome Research

Review: The Computational Diet: A Review of Computational Methods Across Diet, Microbiome, and Health – Ameen Eetemadi et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

General microbiology

Review: Diversity, ecology and evolution of Archaea – Brett J. Baker et al – Nature Microbiology

Microbes on the market

Microbiome Sequencing Services Market 2020-2024 – husain – NJ MMA News

April 7, 2020

Hi everyone! This is my first contribution to the daily digest, and I’ll follow others’ lead by starting with the latest preprints concerning Covid-19. Away from the ongoing pandemic, some of the highlights include a look at how commensal gut microbes interact with pathogens, and an insight into deep sea oceanic crust microbiomes.

It seems to be a relatively quiet day today, so I’ve included an article from the University of Bristol which looks at how nanoscopic pillars on the surface of some insect wings protect them against bacteria. Perhaps only loosely a microbiome paper, but it’s worth a read for its electron microscopy alone!


Structure of the SARS-CoV-2 spike receptor-binding domain bound to the ACE2 receptor – Lan et al. – Nature

Preprint: Atazanavir inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication and pro-inflammatory cytokine production – Fintelman-Rodrigues et al.

Preprint: Amantadine disrupts lysosomal gene expression; potential therapy for COVID19 – Smieszek et al.

Preprint: Potent Antiviral Activities of Type I Interferons to SARS-CoV-2 Infection – Mantlo et al.

Human gut microbiome

Dissecting individual pathogen-commensal interactions within a complex gut microbiota community – Hassall and Unnikrishnan

Animal microbiome

Antibacterial effects of nanopillar surfaces are mediated by cell impedance, penetration and induction of oxidative stress – Jenkins et al. – Nature Communications

Water and extremophile microbiome

Deep microbial proliferation at the basalt interface in 33.5–104 million-year-old oceanic crust – Suzuki et al.Communications Biology

Food microbiology

How does the microbiome impact pig health? – Sarah Mikesell – The Pig Site

Microbes in the news

Lifestyle trumps geography in determining makeup of gut microbiomeEurekAlert!

Microbes on the market

Gilead taps Second Genome for microbiome biomarker help in a potential $1.5B deal – Connor Hale – FierceBiotech.com

March 13, 2020

Good moring y’all!

Today’s digest is relatively short, but rather diverse- from the potential characteristics of scientific tweets readers, through cancer microbiome and horses fecal transplants, as well as endophytes microbiomes in different biomes and plants. Also, if you’re still unfaimilar with the ‘Talking about Biotech’ podcast (by Kevin Folta), I highly recommend to add it to your list. The latest episode talks, of course, about the Corona outbreak, and if you’ll go a bit earlier you will find plenty interesring and insightful episodes.

And lastly- pls stay safe! in Israel, as in other parts of the world, conferences are being cancelled, group meetings are rescheduled and we were highly encouraged to work from home (go bioinformatics!). Remember- there is not a single experiment that is more important than your and your love ones health.

General microbiology

Quantifying and contextualizing the impact of bioRxiv preprints through social media audience segmentation, Jedidiah Carlson , bioRxiv

An optimised saliva collection method to produce high-yield, high-quality RNA for translational research, Roisin Sullivan, PLOS ONE

The Vibrio cholerae Type VI Secretion System: Toxins, Regulators and Consequences, Cristian V. Crisan, Env. Micro.

Human microbiome

Microbiome analyses of blood and tissues suggest cancer diagnostic approach, Gregory D. Poore , Nature

Changes in key vaginal bacteria among postpartum African women initiating intramuscular depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate, Bridget M. Whitney ,PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

The fecal microbiota of healthy donor horses and geriatric recipients undergoing fecal microbial transplantation for the treatment of diarrhea, Caroline A. McKinney , PLOS ONE

Low mutational load and high mutation rate variation in gut commensal bacteria, Ricardo S. Ramiro, PLOS Biology

Marine microbiome

Diel, daily, and spatial variation of coral reef seawater microbial communities, Laura Weber , PLOS ONE

Short‐term changes in polysaccharide utilization mechanisms of marine bacterioplankton during a spring phytoplankton bloom, Greta Reintjes, Env. Micro.

Plant and Soil microbiome

The diversity and distribution of endophytes across biomes, plant phylogeny, and host tissues—how far have we come and where do we go from here?, Joshua G. Garrison, Env. Micro.

Tissue age, orchard location and disease management influence the composition of fungal and bacterial communities present on the bark of apple trees, Elena Arrigoni , Env. Micro.

Salmonella persistence in soil depends on reciprocal interactions with indigenous microorganisms, Jasper Schierstaedt , Env. Micro.


Random sampling in metagenomic sequencing leads to overestimated spatial scaling of microbial diversity, Qichao Tu , Env. Micro.

February 28, 2020

Good morning/afternoon y’all! today’s digest features some interesting-to-read genral biotech and ecology papers, as weel as the first gene catalouge of the vaginal microbiome, American pets microbiome revealed, cool microbiome engineering for biocontrol purpose in agriculture, a bunch of salt- and sweet-water microbiome studies and more!

Have a great weekend! put the guilt aside and enjoy some time with your spouse, family, pets, hobbies and anything else that you enjoy!

General Science

is is a very cool paper, beuatifuly presenting the connection and applicatino of two very ‘hot’ topics in today biotechnology world- AI and drug discovery:A Deep Learning Approach to Antibiotic Discovery- A Deep Learning Approach to Antibiotic Discovery, Jonathan M. Stokes, Cell

** Novel Outlook in Microbial Ecology: Nonmutualistic Interspecies Electron Transfer, Roman Moscoviz, Trends in Microbiology

A solution to minimum sample size for regressions, David J. Jenkins , PLOS One

The relationship between the host genome, microbiome, and host phenotype, Harald Brussow, Env. Micro.

Human microbiome

** A comprehensive non-redundant gene catalog reveals extensive within-community intraspecies diversity in the human vagina, Bing Ma, Nature Communications

Gut microbiota plasticity is correlated with sustained weight loss on a low-carb or low-fat dietary intervention, Jessica A. Grembi, Sci. Rep.

Analysis of healthy reference ranges for clinically relevant gut microbial indicators: A large web-based cohort study in Japan, Satoshi Watanabe , bioRxiv

Short chain fatty acids produced by colonizing intestinal commensal bacterial interaction with expressed breast milk are anti-inflammatory in human immature enterocytes, Nan Zheng, PLOS One

Animal microbiome

Characterization of gut microbiomes of household pets in the United States using a direct-to-consumer approach, Aashish R. Jha, PLOS One

Repeated sleep disruption in mice leads to persistent shifts in the fecal microbiome and metabolome, Samuel J. Bowers, PLOS One

Insect microbiome

**Engineering bacterial symbionts of nematodes improves biocontrol potential of the western corn rootworm, Ricardo A. R. Machado, Nature Biotechnology

Plant and soil microbiome

Genome wide association study reveals plant loci controlling heritability of the rhizosphere microbiome, Siwen Deng , bioRxiv

Differentiation strategies of soil rare and abundant microbial taxa in response to changing climatic regimes, Yuting Liang , Env. Micro.

Network analysis infers the wilt pathogen invasion associated with non-detrimental bacteria, Qiolong Hu , npj biofims and microbiomes

Marine microbiome

Exploring the resistome, virulome and microbiome of drinking water in environmental and clinical settings, Marcela Franca Dias, Water Research

Niche partitioning of methane-oxidizing bacteria along the oxygen–methane counter gradient of stratified lakes, Magdalena J. Mayr, ISME

A metagenomic assessment of microbial eukaryotic diversity in the global ocean, Aleix Obiol, Mol. Eco. Res.

Ocean acidification affects microbial community and invertebrate settlement on biofilms, Katie S. Nelson, Sci. Rep.

Understanding and creating biocementing beachrocks via biostimulation of indigenous microbial communities, Asha A. Ramachandran , Env. Biotech.

January 16, 2020

Good morning/night everyone!

What I love about writing for MD is the huge diversity of topics we’re meeting along the process of making the daily digest. Even though I’m mostly working on plant and root microbiome, it’s amazing to see how diverse is the world of microbiome and how much more there is to accomplish. Check out today’s digest- and don’t forget the News section as well! it is highly interesting!

General Microbiology

Detection of phylogenetic core groups in diverse microbial ecosystems, Marcos Parras Molto, bioRxiv

Isolation of an archaeon at the prokaryote–eukaryote interface, Hiroyuki Imachi, Nature

Ferrosomes are iron storage organelles formed by broadly conserved gene clusters in bacteria and archaea, Carly R. Grant , bioRxiv

Human microbiome

Distribution of microbial communities and core microbiome in successive wound grades of diabetic foot ulcer individuals, Apoorva Jnana, AEM

Animal microbiome

Parasites modulate the gut-microbiome in insects: A proof-of-concept study, Brian Fredensborg, PlosONE

The effect of diet on the gastrointestinal microbiome of juvenile rehabilitating green turtles (Chelonia mydas), Jennifer Bloodgood ,PlosONE

Rotten-skin disease significantly changed giant spiny frog(Paa spinosa) gut microbiota, Tuoyu He, bioRxiv

Bacterial Biogeography of the Colon in Dogs With Chronic Inflammatory Enteropathy, Paula Giaretta, Veterniary Pathology

Plant and environmental microbiome

Biostimulants applied to maize seeds modulate the enzymatic activity and metaproteome of the rhizosphere, Monica Mattarozzi, Applied Soil Ecology

Biological inhibition of soil nitrification by forest tree species affects Nitrobacter populations, Amandine Laffite, Environmental Microbiology

Extremophile microalgae: An overview, Veronica Malavasi , Journal of Phycology

Methods in microbiome

**Taxonomic classification method for metagenomics based on
core protein families with Core-Kaiju
, Anna Tovo, bioRxiv

**Metagenomic sequencing with spiked primer enrichment for viral diagnostics and genomic surveillance, Xianding Deng , Nature Microbiology

Quantitative PCR provides a simple and accessible method for quantitative microbiota profiling, Ching Jian, PlosONE

The effect of storage conditions on microbial communities in stool, Kristien Nel Van Zyl, PlosONE

Beyond mass spectrometry, the next step in proteomics, Winston and Gregory Timp, Science Advances

Microbiome in the news

Illumina Announces New Sequencing System, Partnership with Roche and Software Suite to Accelerate Adoption of Genomics

Integrating microbiomes into clinical trials – the importance of time

Bayer and Azitra partnership looks to develop skin microbiome products for eczema

**Please read! our mental health is the MOST important thing in our life! Researchers facing ‘shocking’ levels of stress, survey reveals

November 2, 2019

Good Weekend morning for all!

Today’s digest is highly rich with plant and soil microbiome papers (notice a great Science paper regarding soil suppressiveness phenomena), as well as bacterial metabolism papers and more. Have a great and peaceful weekend!

Human and animal microbiome

Studying the gut virome in the metagenomic era: challenges and perspectives, Sanzhima Garmaeva, BMC Biology

Cortisol-induced signatures of stress in the fish microbiome, Tamsyn M Uren Webster, bioRxiv

Influence of pig gut microbiota on Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae susceptibility, Meera Surendran Nair, Veterinary Research

Natural variation in the contribution of microbial density to inducible immune dynamics, Derrick Jent, Molecular Ecology


The ecology and evolution of microbial metabolic strategies, Djordje Bajic & Alvaro Sanchez, Curr. Opin. In. Biotechnology

Is the enzymatic hydrolysis of soil organic phosphorus compounds limited by enzyme or substrate availability?, K.A. Jarosch ,SBB

Plant and Soil microbiome

Pathogen-induced activation of disease-suppressive functions in the endophytic root microbiome, Victor J. Carrio, Science

Drivers of the composition of active rhizosphere bacterial communities in temperate grasslands, Selma Vieira, ISME

Analysis of soil bacterial communities associated with genetically modified drought-tolerant corn, Jose G. Ibaraa ,Applid Soil Ecology

Phyllosphere of Submerged Plants in Bathing Lakes as a Reservoir of Fungi Potential Human Pathogens, Anna Biedunkiewicz, Microbial Ecology

Bacterial microbiome associated with the rhizosphere and root interior of crops in Saskatchewan, Canada, Jorge Cordero, Can. J. of Microbiology

Comparative metagenomics of two distinct biological soil crusts in the Tengger Desert, China, Jin-Yu Li , SBB

In planta bacterial multi-omics analysis illuminates regulatory principles underlying plant-pathogen interactions, Tatsuyas Nobori, bioRxiv

Air microbiome

Microbial communities in the tropical air ecosystem follow a precise diel cycle, Elena S. Gusareva, PNAS


Evaluating Bioinformatic Pipeline Performance for Forensic Microbiome Analysis, Kierra F. Kaszubinski, J. o. Forensic Sci.