Microbiology

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

A new virus found in garlic virus complex is a member of possible novel genus of the family Betaflexiviridae (order Tymovirales)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ana Grande-Pérez –– An example of a new virus that, despite existing in high frequency in a major crop, has now been revealed thanks to high-performance sequencing technology. Named as yellow garlic mosaic virus (GYMaV) it belongs to a new putative genus of the family Betaflexiviridae (order Tymovirals). Its replicase relates it to the ring-spot virus of African palm oil (genus Robigovirus) and the potato virus T (genus Tepovirus) and its capsid protein with the genus Foveavirus. A virus to look for in future surveys of pathogens in crops.
Global genomic similarity and core genome sequence diversity of the Streptococcus genus as a toolkit to identify closely related bacterial species in complex environments

Section Editor rating: 6 / 10

Valeria Souza –– the methodology is important for bioinformatics in comparative genomics
Comparative genomics of 16 Microbacterium spp. that tolerate multiple heavy metals and antibiotics

Section Editor rating: 6 / 10

Valeria Souza –– This is a nice study of comparative genomics in an important microbe (can cause lepra and tuberculosis) in strains that are resistant to heavy metals and antibiotics, showing the genetic basis of such resistance.
Differential expression of the glucose transporter gene glcH in response to glucose and light in marine picocyanobacteria

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Valeria Souza –– I believe that the energy metabolism of this important component of the plancton is key for the earth C budget.
Fluoxetine-induced alteration of murine gut microbial community structure: evidence for a microbial endocrinology-based mechanism of action responsible for fluoxetine-induced side effects

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Laura Maggi –– The paper is focused on relevant topic in the field of gut-brain axis and of drug development.
Intestinal parasitic infection alters bacterial gut microbiota in children

Section Editor rating: 6 / 10

Valeria Souza –– The relationship between parasites and microbes should be of great importance not only for medicine but also from the point of view of evolution of the microbiome since most of our history as homo these two components have coexisted in out gut
Long-term effects of straw and straw-derived biochar on soil aggregation and fungal community in a rice–wheat rotation system

Editor rating: 8 / 10

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

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Chris Yeager –– A nice addition to the eco-taxonomic assessment of cyanobacteria inhabiting biological soil crusts.
Freshwater carbon and nutrient cycles revealed through reconstructed population genomes

Section Editor rating: 6 / 10

Valeria Souza –– This is a very important issue for the carbon budget on the planet, and the work is good
Bacterial communities in the digester bed and liquid effluent of a microflush composting toilet system

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.

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Our new Streptococcus comparative genomics got published! in @thePeerJ https://t.co/NxepssKeti #Biodiversity #Bioinformatics #Genomics #Microbiology @fciencias!

Check out some cool science I had the opportunity to be a part of at CMU https://t.co/ckxJDVX3FI #Genomics #Microbiology #Biogeochemistry

Our article "Differential expression of the glucose transporter gene glcH in response to glucose and light in marine picocyanobacteria" has been published today in @thePeerJ #Ecology #MarineBiology #Microbiology #MolecularBiology https://t.co/YXOxG68Ms3

Intestinal parasitic infection alters bacterial gut microbiota in children https://t.co/qQw36IUj56

congratulations to Beatriz Roncero-Ramos for the publication of her first thesis chapter (https://t.co/LnaZdeF5F7) Very good job BEA!!!

Long-term effects of straw and straw-derived biochar on soil aggregation and fungal community in a rice–wheat rotation system https://t.co/XXEFHH478r @thePeerJ https://t.co/ovBtuiB89F

Freshwater nutrient cycles revealed through reconstructed population genomes https://t.co/sIsK4GSl1s via @thePeerJ

My @providencecol colleague Steve Mecca, who passed away this year, was dedicated to improving public health in communities worldwide https://t.co/uZVIgsNQ7C Today, our paper on bacterial communities in his microflush composting toilet is out in @thePeerJ https://t.co/httqk3boQo