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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

In silico study on anti-Chikungunya virus activity of hesperetin

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Michael Buchmeier –– novel approach to Herpes antivirals
A single-nucleotide-polymorphism-based genotyping assay for simultaneous detection of different carbendazim-resistant genotypes in the Fusarium graminearum species complex

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– The technique will be very valuable gor farmers
Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles in aloe vera plant extract prepared by a hydrothermal method and their synergistic antibacterial activity

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Maria Rosaria Corbo –– In the world there is a great interest in antimicrobials to avoid the chemical toxicity, therefore the green synthesis of metal nanoparticles proposed in this paper represents a valid alternative in terms of cost-effective and environmental friendly advantage.
VSEARCH: a versatile open source tool for metagenomics

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Potential applications span many disparate fields of science.
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

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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.

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