Microbiology

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Effects of preservation method on canine (Canis lupus familiaris) fecal microbiota (2018) PeerJ

Konstantinos Kormas –– Sampling and handling of samples is very crucial in -omics based studies and very often the necessary attention is not met in publiched works. Such studies are necessary... Read more

The Phanerozoic diversification of silica-cycling testate amoebae and its possible links to changes in terrestrial ecosystems

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– It show how individual observations (e.g., kleptosquamy in amoebozoa) might have large effect on ancestral state reconstructions. The latter are key to date the diversification of these amoeboza with Si test and their link with rise of terrestrial ecosystems and the Si cycle. This has the potential to be of interest for various fields in biology, paleontology and beyond (geology).
Interactions between Drosophila and its natural yeast symbionts—Is Saccharomyces cerevisiae a good model for studying the fly-yeast relationship?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– It will help highlight the symbiotic relationship between the insect model Drosophila and yeasts
Klebsiella pneumoniae subsp. pneumoniae–bacteriophage combination from the caecal effluent of a healthy woman

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Valeria Souza –– The relationship between fages and bacteria is really important to untangle, this is a good step forward.
Back from the dead; the curious tale of the predatory cyanobacterium Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ludmila Chistoserdova –– It describes the genetic makeup for a poorly studied organism with unique and interesting life style. As the culture is no longer available, the genome may guide future attempts on re-isolating these types of microbes that are known to be abundant in the environment.
Swabs to genomes: a comprehensive workflow

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Abhishek Kumar –– This workflow is important for analysis of microbial genomic samples.
Temporal changes in nasopharyngeal carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 1 genotypes in healthy Gambians before and after the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tanya Parish –– Temporal changes in nasopharyngeal carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 1 genotypes in healthy Gambians before and after the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
Population structure of Neisseria gonorrhoeae based on whole genome data and its relationship with antibiotic resistance

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Christine Josenhans –– This article is a large body of work, which significantly expands currently available data on Neisseria gonorrhoeae genome evolution. It also includes some knowledge advance about antibiotics resistance.
Diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis by a new multiplex peptide nucleic acid fluorescence in situ hybridization method

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Hauke Smidt –– Well conducted study with relevant methodological innovations important to microbial diagnostics
Diversity and ecological structure of vibrios in benthic and pelagic habitats along a latitudinal gradient in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tom Coenye –– Large-scale studies on bacterial diversity/biogeography are important to understand fundamental ecological processes.
Population expansions shared among coexisting bacterial lineages are revealed by genetic evidence

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Frederick Cohan –– This paper presents the first compelling data for population expansions in various unrelated lineages of bacteria that are free-living and not pathogens. Moreover, the timing of the population expansions appears to coincide with major known human-caused environmental changes.

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309 days ago
Silica biomineralization in eukaryotes https://t.co/EU5Lb1Y5JB

@markowenmartin You might be interested in the Swabs to Genomes paper from our lab : https://t.co/70Q1rNDIqY