Microbiology

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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

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.
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.
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.
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.
Interaction between Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus fumigatus in cystic fibrosis

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.
Microbiome differences between river-dwelling and cave-adapted populations of the fish Astyanax mexicanus (De Filippi, 1853)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

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

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Carlos Conte-Junior –– This article is relevant to food science and technology.

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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

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

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

Interaction between PA and AF in CF https://t.co/4Zpo2USNGa via @thePeerJ

caves and microbiome - two of my favorite things! @thePeerJ https://t.co/cQUliT1u23 #EvolutionaryStudies #Genomics #Microbiology

Analysis of adult damselfly fecal material aids in the estimation of antibiotic-resistant Enterobacterales contamination of the local environment https://t.co/7YN0CCSZzC @thePeerJ https://t.co/9CGpFizzZu