Academic Editor Commentary

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

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.
Coral-associated viral communities show high levels of diversity and host auxiliary functions

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Fabiano Thompson –– addresses virus diversity in reef systems, and roles in genome plasticity.
Gene and genome-centric analyses of koala and wombat fecal microbiomes point to metabolic specialization for Eucalyptus digestion

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Peter Prentis –– This article is the first comparative analysis of marsupial microbiomes.
Composition, diversity and function of intestinal microbiota in pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) at different culture stages

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– in my opinion, it is very important to know the composition of gut microbiota in different culture stages to know the microbial health status and make plan to control any future disease outbreak!
Erwinia amylovora psychrotrophic adaptations: evidence of pathogenic potential and survival at temperate and low environmental temperatures

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– The ms will provide insights into the biology and ecology of tis important plant pathogenic bacteria
Alpha-arylphorin is a mitogen in the Heliothis virescens midgut cell secretome upon Cry1Ac intoxication

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– In this work the secreted proteome (secretome) of primary mature midgut cell cultures from Heliothis virescens larvae was studied after exposure to Cry1Ac toxin. These results identify a protein involved in the midgut regeneration process in response to Cry1Ac intoxication, the protein is arylphorin.
Ananke: temporal clustering reveals ecological dynamics of microbial communities

Editor rating: 7 / 10

A. Murat Eren –– Ananke provides a framework to investigate temporal sampling efforts by organizing marker gene sequences into clusters of ecological patterns. While Hall et al. reports improvement over the current marker gene workflows with this approach, they demonstrate how clustering data based on sequence identity may obscure detailed investigations of ecological patterns in time-series data.

Discussing these articles

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

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

247 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

New #GBR coral virome article published in @thePeerJ https://t.co/ijZU4k7qwM #Genomics #MarineBiology #Microbiology #MolecularBiology #Virology

274 days ago
Doing our bit to fill the knowledge gap on iconic Australian marsupials @thePeerJ https://t.co/GSQMAk2Hfu #Genomics #Microbiology

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/xPtSystRQZ #AgriculturalScience #Ecology #Microbiology

Ananke: temporal clustering reveals ecological dynamics of microbial communities https://t.co/pP3Xxt2Err w @mikehall_dal @rob_beiko @quendi

JAMA News: "Songbirds, rodents not likely vectors in avian influenza outbreak"

Popular Science: "Scientists are trying to figure out which bacteria have colonized our space station"

The space station is about as sanitary as your run-of-the-mill bachelor pad

The International Space Station is super germy

The International Space Station is swarming with bacteria

Just Like Home: Space Station Has Same Microbes As Your House

The ISS Bacterial Community Resembles What You'd Find in Your Home

International Space Station colonised by mysterious bugs – including ‘alien’ bacteria

'Diverse' bacteria found on International Space Station like that on Earth, scientists reveal

The bacterial community on the International Space Station resembles homes