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

Benchmarking viromics: an in silico evaluation of metagenome-enabled estimates of viral community composition and diversity

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Michael Hallett –– The paper addresses the potential of viral metagenomics in a general fashion that could impact the design of many studies.
Meta-analysis of biomarkers for severe dengue infections

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Hiroshi Nishiura –– reviewed in a systematic manner, adding novel evidence to literature
Genomic and functional analysis of Romboutsia ilealis CRIBT reveals adaptation to the small intestine

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Vincent Thomas –– First description of the genome of a new, dominant bacterial species that is fund in rat's ileum. Can have significant impact on our understanding of this ecosystem.
Development and evaluation of rapid novel isothermal amplification assays for important veterinary pathogens: Chlamydia psittaci and Chlamydia pecorum

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– This work will help with identifying and diagnosing severe chlamydial pathogens that are relevant to veterinary research.
Influence of CNTRENE® C100LM carbon nanotube material on the growth and regulation of Escherichia coli

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Regina-Michaela Wittich –– The input of commercial materials.
RNA helicase domains of viral origin in proteins of insect retrotransposons: possible source for evolutionary advantages

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Yegor Vassetzky –– The MS describes the transfer of viral helicases to insect retrotransposons.
The time-course of broiler intestinal microbiota development after administration of cecal contents to incubating eggs

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Vincent Thomas –– An interesting article that explores the possibility to orient gut-microbiota composition of chicks to improve their performances.
Clinical streptococcal isolates, distinct from Streptococcus pneumoniae, but containing the β-glucosyltransferase tts gene and expressing serotype 37 capsular polysaccharide

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Padmapriya Banada –– This article demonstrates clinical streptococcal isolates, which are different from Strep. pneumoniae expressing the pneumococcal serotype 37 which make them pathogenic. This is an important discovery since it can benefit all facets of diagnostics, drug discovery and vaccine development. The study is thorough and used sequencing and bioinformatic tools to show the variations in streptococcal species to conclusively demonstrate the genetic similarities and variations. Further testing can confirm the pathogenicity of these isolates.
Construction of a fur null mutant and RNA-sequencing provide deeper global understanding of the Aliivibrio salmonicida Fur regulon

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Rüdiger Ettrich –– I am convinced that the article indeed contributes to a deeper global understanding of the Aliivibrio salmonicida Fur regulon and reaches out to the adjacent disciplines. Thus the statement in the title is not overstated but indeed advertises the findings in this paper.
Penetrance of symbiont-mediated parthenogenesis is driven by reproductive rate in a parasitoid wasp

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– It adds an important dimension to understanding the role of reproductive rate on the ability of Wolbachia to induce parthenogenesis

Discussing these articles

@UCRentomology Anyone can read more here if interested :) https://t.co/IBZxx3DuKM

A much-needed meta-analysis of the many studies into immune biomarkers for severe #dengue https://t.co/lZ3ZsFaexs via @thePeerJ

Benchmarking viromics: in silico evaluation of metagenome-enabled estim of viral community composition & diversity https://t.co/lfkbrIeFdz

Genomic and functional analysis of <i>romboutsia ilealis</i> crib<sup>t</s... - Gerritsen J et al. - https://t.co/LGlx3joeOR #microbiome

I find report controversial, have to read more carefully though - [viral] RNA helicase in insect retrotransposons https://t.co/Lh6DIE97T8

However,exciting news: my article has been published today in the fab @thePeerJ https://t.co/W45yxf1RY4 #Chlamydia #LAMP @AdamPolkinghorn

Our article about about CNT toxicity in E.coli has been published in @thePeerJ! https://t.co/PQsXjCbu6C #Microbiology #Toxicology

The time-course of broiler intestinal microbiota development after admini... - Donaldson EE et al. - https://t.co/J6T0LIws8N #microbiome

Well done @CarmenLSheppard! Published today in @thePeerJ: https://t.co/AAuY7XoJAE #Bioinformatics #MicrobialGenomics #InfectiousDiseases