Microbiology

Long-term effects of straw and straw-derived biochar on soil aggregation and fungal community in a rice–wheat rotation system
Monika Mortimer –– The study, conducted over a span of six years, provides agriculturally relevant information about the effects of field-applied biochar, compared to traditional fertilization management, on soil structure and fugal communities.
Polyphasic evaluation of key cyanobacteria in biocrusts from the most arid region in Europe
Chris Yeager –– A nice addition to the eco-taxonomic assessment of cyanobacteria inhabiting biological soil crusts.
An exploration of the effect of proprioceptive knee bracing on biomechanics during a badminton lunge to the net, and the implications to injury mechanisms
Justin Keogh –– The results of the study which examined the effect of fatigue, one strategy and knee bracing on a number of knee biomechanical outcomes relevant to injury risk and performance were outlined. In particular, it may be a greater risk of injury performing a backhand rather than forehand lunge shot.
Bacterial communities in the digester bed and liquid effluent of a microflush composting toilet system
Scott Wallen –– The bacterial communities and their distributions are critical for understanding the efficacy of this system and the results presented give the first data on this for the GSAP Microflush toilet.
Drivers and assemblies of soil eukaryotic microbes among different soil habitat types in a semi-arid mountain in China
Scott Wallen –– Claudia helped a lot accepting several invitations for reviewing the revised manuscript. A thorough and thoughtful reviewer!
Interaction between Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus fumigatus in cystic fibrosis
Siouxsie Wiles –– Many pathogens are considered in isolation rather than as part of communities. This review of the interactions of a bacterium and fungus in cystic fibrosis is an important addition to the literature.
Migration and transformation of dissolved carbon during accumulated cyanobacteria decomposition in shallow eutrophic lakes: a simulated microcosm study
Jianjun Wang –– The algae soap, caused by Cynobacteria boom, is a serious problem in hypereutrophic lakes, such as Taihu Lake. The subsequent decomposition in aquatic environments is full of complex biogeochemical processes reluctant to be deciphered. The long-time microcosm experiment could be a great step in understanding the migration and transformation of dissolved carbon associated with algae soap.
Microbiome differences between river-dwelling and cave-adapted populations of the fish Astyanax mexicanus (De Filippi, 1853)
Keith Crandall –– The blind cavefish is a tremendous model system for the evolution of vision loss. This paper adds significantly to our understanding of this model system by characterizing the microbiome diversity associated with this transition from river to cave environment.
Analysis of adult damselfly fecal material aids in the estimation of antibiotic-resistant Enterobacterales contamination of the local environment
Siouxsie Wiles –– This is a really neat study, looking at antibiotic-resistant bacteria in damselfly poo as a potential means of identifying what resistant-bacteria are present in the wider environment. I would love to see them extend the study to look at genomic analyses rather than being limited to what they could grow on selective agar.
Production of exopolysaccharide by strains of Lactobacillus plantarum YO175 and OF101 isolated from traditional fermented cereal beverage
Carlos Conte-Junior –– This article is relevant to food science and technology.
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