Article commentary

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

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.
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.

Discussing these articles

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

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

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