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

Necessity of electrically conductive pili for methanogenesis with magnetite stimulation

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xiaomin Li –– The topic of direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) between iron-reducing bacteria and methanogens has been paid more and more attraction these years, and iron oxides such as magnetite may function like e-pili to facilitate electron transfer. This study, however, demonstrates that e-pili are still necessary for the DIET between between Geobacter and Methanosarcina species, though the presence of magnetite can promote the methane production in this coculture.
Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using Caesalpinia ferrea (Tul.) Martius extract: physicochemical characterization, antifungal activity and cytotoxicity

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Padmapriya Banada –– This article is important since we need more techniques like green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using plant extracts, which has potential to be used as antifungals as evaluated in this study. This gives additional avenues in drug development and evaluation.
Comparative genomic analysis of a new tellurite-resistant Psychrobacter strain isolated from the Antarctic Peninsula

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tatiana Vishnivetskaya –– Metal resistant strain from cold environments could be useful for bioremediation at low temperatures
Molecular and serological dynamics of Chlamydia pecorum infection in a longitudinal study of prime lamb production

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– It is important for the agricultural industry and the knowledge base for C. percorum infection dynamics
Eukaryotes in the gut microbiota in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Shih-Pin Chen –– This study provides more evidences supporting the possible association of gut eukaryotic composition with inflammation in patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Translating genomics into practice for real-time surveillance and response to carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: evidence from a complex multi-institutional KPC outbreak

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Nicholas Loman –– This is a really well worked example of how whole genome sequencing is transforming public health surveillance of infectious diseases.
A historical legacy of antibiotic utilization on bacterial seed banks in sediments

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– A very interesting paper for several disciplines related to the importance of antibiotic resistance in nature.
Profiling soil microbial communities with next-generation sequencing: the influence of DNA kit selection and technician technical expertise

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Juan Riesgo-Escovar –– It addresses methodological problems that hinder comparison of these type of results from different publications.
Evaluating the role of wild songbirds or rodents in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Peirong Jiao –– Wild songbirds or rodents play a key role in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape.
A microbial survey of the International Space Station (ISS)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joël Mossong –– This is an interesting article on the microbial contamination of an unusual habitat in space, the international space station.

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Necessity of electrically conductive pili for methanogenesis with magnetite stimulation https://t.co/QeLRkDBbnK More evidence that nanoscale magnetite acts as a cytochrome surrogate, but can not itself promote long-range (µm) electron transfer. Protein nanowires (e-pili) needed https://t.co/dtEscpKQAJ

Comparative genomic analysis of a new tellurite-resistant Psychrobacter strain isolated from the Antarctic Peninsula https://t.co/Pe0VoMrmWT

Our new article in @thePeerJ https://t.co/iDduBY0hU7 #Microbiology #VeterinaryMedicine #chlamydia @AdamPolkinghorn @timms_peter

"Eukaryotes in the gut microbiota in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome": https://t.co/5UKkoepUbU

The historical legacy of antibiotic utilization found within spores recovered from Swiss lake sediments https://t.co/3AOHuolHMQ

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Our paper on WGS to inform the public health response to a complex state-wide KPC outbreak in @thePeerJ https://t.co/AGHHHEJcCz with @BenjaminHowden @tstinear @torstenseemann and many others

Profiling soil microbial communities with next-generation sequencing: the influence of DNA kit selection and technician technical expertise https://t.co/7Yb3oztKOm

307 days ago
New veterinary medicine article: Avian Influenza, songbirds, and rodents https://t.co/WCB6VmNRJz via @thePeerJ

A microbial survey of the ISS. https://t.co/DMdgTYuwLi via @thePeerJ

JAMA News: "Songbirds, rodents not likely vectors in avian influenza outbreak"
https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/180301q.aspx

Popular Science: "Scientists are trying to figure out which bacteria have colonized our space station"
https://www.popsci.com/ISS-microbiome

The space station is about as sanitary as your run-of-the-mill bachelor pad
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/space-station-is-chock-full-of-germs/

The International Space Station is super germy
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/12/05/the-international-space-station-is-super-germy/

The International Space Station is swarming with bacteria
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/the-international-space-station-is-swarming-with-bacteria

Just Like Home: Space Station Has Same Microbes As Your House
https://www.space.com/38980-space-station-bacteria-similar-human-homes-study.html

The ISS Bacterial Community Resembles What You'd Find in Your Home
https://www.seeker.com/space/the-iss-bacterial-community-resembles-what-youd-find-in-your-home

International Space Station colonised by mysterious bugs – including ‘alien’ bacteria
http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/05/international-space-station-colonised-mysterious-bugs-including-alien-bacteria-7134669/

'Diverse' bacteria found on International Space Station like that on Earth, scientists reveal
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-international-space-station-bacteria-found-earth-home-humans-study-iss-a8092756.html

The bacterial community on the International Space Station resembles homes
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bacterial-international-space-station-resembles.html