Microbiology

Growth-promoting characteristics of potential nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the root of an invasive plant Ageratina adenophora
Leslie Weston –– Use of novel techniques to study the role of less well characterised soil microbiota and role in plant invasion.
Exploring the transcriptome of luxI and ΔainS mutants and the impact of N-3-oxo-hexanoyl-L- and N-3-hydroxy-decanoyl-L-homoserine lactones on biofilm formation in Aliivibrio salmonicida
Fabiano Thompson –– The paper explores the transcriptomes of a fish pathogen to better understand quorum sensing
HERVs, immunity, and autoimmunity: understanding the connection
Fernando Spilki –– The manuscript gives an up to date and comprehensible overview about the interrelationships between HERVs and immunity.
Biodegradation of thiocyanate by a native groundwater microbial consortium
Siouxsie Wiles –– The authors show that native micro-organisms can be stimulated to biodegrade thiocyanate created by the processing of gold ore. Given the environmental impact of pollution caused by mining and other processes, this is a neat proof-of-concept.
Identification of Austwickia chelonae as cause of cutaneous granuloma in endangered crocodile lizards using metataxonomics
Fernando Spilki –– The paper describes the role of Austwickia chelonae as a cause of skin disease in free-living crocodile lizards.
Two membrane-bound transcription factors regulate expression of various type-IV-pili surface structures in Sulfolobus acidocaldarius
Craig Moyer –– This effort shows the relationship of protein regulators ArnR and paralog ArnR1 affecting the expression of archaellum in Sulfolobus acidocaldarius.
Improved genome of Agrobacterium radiobacter type strain provides new taxonomic insight into Agrobacterium genomospecies 4
Siouxsie Wiles –– Highlights a serious issue with the previously published genome and presents new insights into Agrobacterium biology
Synthesis of silver nanoparticles using a modified Tollens’ method in conjunction with phytochemicals and assessment of their antimicrobial activity
Scott Wallen –– Quantity production and stabilization of nanoparticles using renewable materials is critical for sustainable nanotechnology development and the present article furthers this approach.
Evaluation of DESS as a storage medium for microbial community analysis
Michael LaMontagne –– This article may help investigators preserve microbiome samples for future studies.
Suppression of hesA mutation on nitrogenase activity in Paenibacillus polymyxa WLY78 with the addition of high levels of molybdate or cystine
Pedro Silva –– Additional insight on the possible function of hesA in FeMoco biosynthesis
Microbiology
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COVID-19 simulation study—the effect of strict non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on controlling the spread of COVID-19 https://t.co/YUC8GGLhgI @thePeerJ https://t.co/Nva4zhu9Cs

Effectiveness of isolation policies in schools: evidence from a mathematical model of influenza and COVID-19 https://t.co/7Pk8rHzPSD @thePeerJ

Check out our latest paper in @thePeerJ with @OlivierZablo, @LabSullivan, @MLMichelsen where we optimised our previous @nanopore methods for long read sequencing of viral genomes. https://t.co/wTL3eFu2g5

Ilesanmi et al. examine the willingness to pay and perception of COVID-19 vaccine in community members in Ibadan, Nigeria Read the full @PeerJLife article https://t.co/YPgPn1myLc #Covid19 #Coronavirus #InfectiousDiseases #PublicHealth https://t.co/lfI7ReZ6Bc

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My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/kfXDgGXVOd #Biogeography #Virology #Epidemiology #InfectiousDiseases #PublicHealth #Covid_19mx

An article I handled as editor has been published today "Integrating morphological and molecular approaches for characterizing four species of Dactylogyrus (Monogenea: Dactylogyridae) from Moroccan cyprinids..." https://t.co/Hp4UVbBTcD @thePeerJ