Microbiology

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Editors can now comment on articles published in PeerJ and elsewhere.

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

Epidemiology of Haemophilus parasuis isolates from pigs in China using serotyping, antimicrobial susceptibility, biofilm formation and ERIC-PCR genotyping

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Sheng Chen –– Haemophilus parasuis is a very important pathogen in animals. More studies should be encouraged in this field.
Multi-omic profiling to assess the effect of iron starvation in Streptococcus pneumoniae TIGR4

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Luciana Leite –– Multi-omics is a technique that can be applied to several fields.
Applying fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile infections (rCDI) in children

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Siouxsie Wiles –– There is huge interest in faecal transplants for treating C. dif infections and this is a good study exploring its use in children.
Effects of preservation method on canine (Canis lupus familiaris) fecal microbiota

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Hauke Smidt –– Appropriate sample storage methods are crucial for the quality of derived data, and thus, this study is relevant for various fields.
Porcine rotavirus C in pigs with gastroenteritis on Thai swine farms, 2011–2016

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Valeria Souza –– Swine rotavirus could be a reservoir for human rotavirus, to understand how those virus evolve is extremely relevant for human health.
Effects of tobacco smoke and electronic cigarette vapor exposure on the oral and gut microbiota in humans: a pilot study

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Valeria Souza –– electronic cigarette is a new trendy substitution to normal cigarettes, albeit, they do have an effect on the microbiome of their users. This open the door to do more research on this relevant topic of human health.
Strain-level genetic diversity of Methylophaga nitratireducenticrescens confers plasticity to denitrification capacity in a methylotrophic marine denitrifying biofilm

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Siouxsie Wiles –– Describes some novel phenotypes for these types of bacteria
Oligotrophic wetland sediments susceptible to shifts in microbiomes and mercury cycling with dissolved organic matter addition

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Siouxsie Wiles –– As soon as people hear the word mercury, they immediately associate it with toxicity and ill health. Shedding light on the role microbes play in this will be of wide interest.
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.

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Strain-level genetic diversity of Methylophaga nitratireducenticrescens confers plasticity to denitrification capacity in a methylotrophic marine denitrifying biofilm https://t.co/3DkjTZtHjX

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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

New study compares gut bacteria of vapers, non- smokers and tobacco smokers
https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180430/New-study-compares-gut-bacteria-of-vapers-non-smokers-and-tobacco-smokers.aspx

Vapers and non-smokers have the same flourishing gut flora
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-04-vapers-non-smokers-flourishing-gut-flora.html