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 09, 2020

Good morning everyone!

Today’s digest presents several antibiotic resistance papers, as well as hospital ICU microbiome study, a microbial nomenculture paper, bunch of human microbiome papers (both gut and vaginal), as well as two computational platforms for analyzing microbial data.

In a more personal note– recently, my PhD research (at ARO and The Hebrew U, Israel) resulted in two manuscripts dealing with the exciting world of bacterial secondary metabolites. The first one is a review paper where we present state-of-the-art tools and methodologies to study and identify novel secondary metabolites gene clusters within the widely diverse soil and root bacterial communities. We present a conceptual pipeline for an efficient use of these culture-based and culture-independent platforms to identify novel antimicrobials-producing gene clusters in-vivo.

The second one (a bioRxiv pre-print) utilized some of these techniques to explore differences in secondary metabolites gene clusters between soil and roots bacterial communities, in terms of diversity, composition and taxonomy. We then took advantage of this data and deeply focused on root-enriched and abundant sequences (those that were associated with NRPS and PKS, mega-enzymes that produces two very important families of secondary metabolites- nonribosomal peptides and polyketides). Then, we used a unique culture-independent platform (eSNaPD, from Sean Brady lab @ Rockefeller U, NY) and were able to actually recover 5 clones (~40Kb in length) that harbored five novel gene clusters. At least one of these probably encode for an antifungal metabolites (derived from Actinobacteria). This piepline/platform is applicable for other uses of course, depending on your research question and the functions you’re intrested in. I’ll be happy for any feedback regarding the bioRxiv MS (either directly there or via my tweeter).

General microbiology

Roadmap for naming uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria, Alison E. Murray, Nature Microbiology

Human microbiome

Re-evaluating the relationship between missing heritability and the microbiome, Gavin Douglas , Microbiome

Microbes and mental health: Can the microbiome help explain clinical heterogeneity in psychiatry?, Christina L. Hayes, Front. Neuroendocrinology

Analysis of 1321 Eubacterium rectale genomes from metagenomes uncovers complex phylogeographic population structure and subspecies functional adaptations, Nicolai Karcher, Genome Biology

Exploring potential of vaginal Lactobacillus isolates from South African women for enhancing treatment for bacterial vaginosis, Anna Ursula Happel , PLOS Pathogens

Hospital microbiome

Temporal variations in bacterial community diversity and composition throughout intensive care unit renovations, Jessica Chopik , Microbiome

Antibiotic Resistance

The household resistome – frequency of beta-lactamases, class 1 integron and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the domestic environment, Laura S. Schages , bioRxiv

Environmental conditions dictate differential evolution of vancomycin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus, Henrique Machado, bioRxiv

Coexistence of Antibiotic Resistance Genes and Virulence Factors Deciphered by Large-Scale Complete Genome Analysis, Yu Pan, mSystems


A Framework for Effective Application of Machine Learning to Microbiome-Based Classification Problems, Begum D. Topcuoglu, mBio

PVAmpliconFinder: a workflow for the identification of human papillomaviruses from high-throughput amplicon sequencing, Alexis Robitaille, BMC Bioinformatics

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

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.

December 18, 2019

Good morning/afternoon all microbiome lovers!

Coming back from 4th Thunen Sumposium on Soil Metagenomics (11-13.12, Germany), the first section of today’s digest will highlight some work emphasized during the conference. Pay special attention to Amy Willis work (UoW) dealing with amplification bias in 16S analyses, among else. You are more than welcome to check the conference and the bioinformatic workshops schedule, as you’ll find interesting, inspiring and useful studies and tools that are relevant even if you’re not working on soil-associated habitats.

Have a great day!

Soil Metagenomics insights

Rigorous Statistical Methods for Rigorous Microbiome Science, Amy Willis, mSystems. I highly recommended to be familiar with the Willis lab works and tools, for all of us working with amplicon-sequencing and metagenomics. Amy was kind enough to upload her conference materials to github, using this link.

Additionally, They just started a bio-statistics blog, so check this as well.

Consistent and correctable bias in metagenomic sequencing experiments, Michael R. McLaren, bioRxiv

Understanding and interpreting community sequencing measurements of the vaginal microbiome, HL Berman, BJOG

These two papers are from Benjamin Callahan group (NCSW). Even though he wasn’t at the conference, his work (et al.) were mentioned several times by other speakers, so I decided to emphasize these two papers.

The MG-RAST API explorer: an on-ramp for RESTful query composition, Tobias Paczian, BMC Bioinformatics. Folker Meyer, one of the developers of MG-RAST and its head, was actually at the conference with a great talk about both MG-RAST and the importance of pipelines and common workflow language in computational biology. Check this link and the MG-RAST API explorer, making it so much simpler to search, filter and efficiently use MG-RAST.

TerrestrialMetagenomeDB: a public repository of curated and standardized metadata for terrestrial metagenomes, Felipe B Correa, bioRxiv. An amazing tool for searching and filtering soil-associated metagenomes in different databases, plus simple codes for downloading. Take a look at more papers from the de-Rocha group.

Human microbiomoe

**Molecular messages in human microbiota, Matthew T. Henke and Jon Clardy, Science

Resident microbes of lactation rooms and daycares, Diana H. Taft, PeerJ

Female genital tract microbiota affecting the risk of preterm birth: What do we know so far? A Review, O. Tsonis, European J OBG & Reproductive Biology

Differences in Fecal Microbiomes and Metabolomes of People With vs Without Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Bile Acid Malabsorption, Ian B. Jeffery, Gastroenterology

Soil and Plant microbiome

Comparison of Microbial Community of Rhizosphere and Endosphere in Kiwifruit, Min-Jung Kim, Plant Patho J.

Soil microbial communities in diverse agroecosystems exposed to the herbicide glyphosate, Ryan M. Kepler, AEM

Soil exposed to silver nanoparticles reveals significant changes in community structure and altered microbial transcriptional profiles, Matthew J. Meier, Env. Pollution

Animal microbiome

Effects of disease, antibiotic treatment and recovery trajectory on the microbiome of farmed seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax), Danila Rosado, Scientific Reports

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.

October 11, 2019

Good morning everyone!

Today’s digest is full of great reviews paper, among else- from the gut microbiome to bacterial metabolic modelling. Also featured is a lovely paper regarding vaginal microbiome transplantation (with interesting translational meaning!) and a food-for-thought paper about microbiology past, present and furture (1st in the list down).

Have a great weekend and happy Jewish New year!

Food for Thought

Shift in the paradigm towards next-generation microbiology, Blaz Sterz & Luka Kronegger, FEMS Microbiology Letters

Human microbiome

** Re‐assessing microbiomes in the low‐biomass reproductive niche, Jessica L. O’Callaghan, BJOG

** Incorporating functional trade-offs into studies of the gut microbiota, Aspen T Reese, Curr. Opi. Microbiology

** Gut microbial metabolites in depression: understanding the biochemical mechanisms, Giorigia Caspani, microbial cell

** Vaginal microbiome transplantation in women with intractable bacterial vaginosis, Ahinoam Lev-Sagie, Nature Medicine

Gut microbiome diversity is associated with sleep physiology in humans, Robert P. Smith, PLOS One

Microbial Interactions in Oral Communities Mediate Emergent Biofilm Properties, P.I. Diaz, J. Dental Research

Animal microbiome

A wild microbiome improves mouse modeling of the human immune response, Sara E. Hamiltion, Lab Animal

Gut Microbiota of Migrating Wild Rabbit Fish (Siganus guttatus) Larvae Have Low Spatial and Temporal Variability, Duy Le, Microbial Ecology

Environmental microbiome

** Implications of indoor microbial ecology and evolution on antibiotic resistance, Sarah Ben Maamar, J. Exp. science & Env. Epid.

A microcosm approach highlights the response of soil mineral weathering bacterial communities to an increase of K and Mg availability, O. Nicolitch, Scientific Reports

Preceding crop and tillage system affect winter survival of wheat and the fungal communities on young wheat roots and in soil, Hanna Friberg, FEMS Microbiology Letters

Viral microbiome

A review on viral metagenomics in extreme environments, Sonia Davila-Ramos, Frontiers in Microbiology

Methods in microbiology

Multi-faceted approaches to discovering and predicting microbial nutritional interactions, Sebastian Gude, Curr. Opi. Biotechnology

Artificial neural network-assisted Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for differentiation of Salmonella serogroups and its application on epidemiological tracing of Salmonella Bovismorbificans outbreak isolates from fresh sprouts, Helene Obereuter, FEMS Microbioogy Letters

August 23, 2019

Good morning everyone!

This post is written from lovely NYC, quite a distance from my hometown in Israel. If you’re working on microbial ecology in the city and care for a cup of coffee (on me!) and a rather interesting chat about science, entreprenurship and agriculture- please contact me via barakdror@outlook.com or just find me on Linkedin.

Today post will feature highly recommended podcast, a great antimicrobial resistance review paper, Cocaine effect on gut microbiota, some cool bioinformatics tools papers, fascinating animal microbiome studies and more.

Resources and Podcast

I’m a huge fan of the This Week in Microbiology podcast. On their 201 episode the team hosted Prof. Mark Martin (U of Puget Sound) with some great list of papers for 1st year undergrads- but it is a great opportunity to read about general concepts and direction in micrboiology. I truely enjoed both the episode and the recommended papers.

15 Biotech-Themed Online Courses to Try at Home

Antibiotic Resistance

Defining and combating antibiotic resistance from One Health and Global Health perspectives, Sara Hernando-Amado, Nature Microbiology


An expectation-maximization algorithm enables accurate ecological modeling using longitudinal microbiome sequencing data, Chenhao Li, Microbiome

Analysing complex metagenomic data with MicroWineBar, Franziska Klincke ,bioRxiv

A systematic NGS-based approach for contaminant detection and functional inference, Sung-Joon Park, bioRxiv

Human and Animal microbiome

Cocaine Induces Inflammatory Gut Milieu by Compromising the Mucosal Barrier Integrity and Altering the Gut Microbiota Colonization, Ernest T. Chivero, Scientific Reports

Influence of the microbiota-gut-brain axis on behavior and welfare in farm animals: A review, Narjis Kraimi, Physiology & Behavior

Dissecting the factors shaping fish skin microbiomes in a heterogeneous inland water system, Yaron Krotman, bioRxiv

Non‐random associations of maternally transmitted symbionts in insects: The roles of drift versus biased co‐transmission and selection, Hugo Mathe-Hubert, Molecular Ecology

The microbiome of the Melitaea cinxia butterfly shows marked variation but is only little explained by the traits of the butterfly or its host plant, G. Minard, Environmental Microbiology

Food microbiome

The occurrence of Listeria monocytogenes is associated with built environment microbiota in three tree fruit processing facilities, Xiaoqing Tan, Microbiome

Environmental microbiome

Marine-freshwater prokaryotic transitions require extensive changes in the predicted proteome, Pedro J. Cabello-Yeves, Microbiome

Taxonomic and functional characterization of a microbial community from a volcanic englacial ecosystem in Deception Island, Antarctica, Emma Martinez-Alonso, Scientific Reports