Microbiology

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

Antibacterial and anti-adherence effects of a plant extract mixture (PEM) and its individual constituent extracts (Psidium sp., Mangifera sp., and Mentha sp.) on single- and dual-species biofilms

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Maria Rosaria Corbo –– As known, bacterial adherence has a central role in the pathogenesis of oral diseases such as dental caries and periodontal diseases, which are also known as plaque-related diseases. After tooth brushing, the tooth surface is immediately covered with saliva forming an acellular layer known as acquired pellicle that provides receptors for the oral bacteria to adhere and colonize. This is the first study to investigate the effects of PEM and its individual constituent plant extracts towards the adherence of bacteria in single- and dual-species biofilms.
Validation of picogram- and femtogram-input DNA libraries for microscale metagenomics

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Hauke Smidt –– The method described here allows to probe the metagenomes of low-biomass ecosystems at significantly reduced bias.
The evidence of porcine hemagglutinating encephalomyelitis virus induced nonsuppurative encephalitis as the cause of death in piglets

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Peirong Jiao –– This article provided good reference for the experimental diagnosis of PHEV infection for pig breeding, and promoted its new effective vaccine development.
Metaproteomics of saliva identifies human protein markers specific for individuals with periodontitis and dental caries compared to orally healthy controls

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Melissa Grant –– A robustly designed experiment examining the differences in proteome profile of samples from caries, periodotontits and healthy indiciduals
Spatial heterogeneity of physicochemical properties explains differences in microbial composition in arid soils from Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– microbial diversity
MxaY regulates the lanthanide-mediated methanol dehydrogenase switch in Methylomicrobium buryatense

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Timothy Read –– This is a further step forward toward industrial use of methogenic bacteria. The methodology and the use of genetic tools in this difficult organism although not novel, will be a useful reference.
Vegemite Beer: yeast extract spreads as nutrient supplements to promote fermentation

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Maria Rosaria Corbo –– The paper shows that Vegemite or other yeast extract spreads could provide cheap and readily available sources of nutrient supplementation to increase the efficiency of fermentation in home brewing or other settings.
Phage on tap–a quick and efficient protocol for the preparation of bacteriophage laboratory stocks

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Siouxsie Wiles –– It describes a new method which should be widely used in the field
Love the one you’re with: replicate viral adaptations converge on the same phenotypic change

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Alexander Mikheyev –– It is a bit inconclusive, but deals with important questions in biology.
Virus wars: using one virus to block the spread of another

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Perez-Acle –– This interesting work proposes a combination of experimental procedures and mathematical modeling to provide new ways to manage infectious diseases.

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Virus wars: using one virus to block the spread of another https://t.co/oLyUZU7z25

News.cn: "Vegemite beer? Aussie researchers say it's possible"
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-08/15/c_135600188.htm

Nature World News: "Virus Wars: Using "Good" Viral Agents to Combat Killer Viruses"
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/24839/20160706/virus-wars-using-good-viral-agents-combat-killer-viruses.htm

Engadget: "Researchers want to block HIV with a 'therapeutic' virus"
https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/05/researchers-want-to-block-hiv-with-a-therapeutic-virus/