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

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.
Functions of Candida albicans cell wall glycosidases Dfg5p and Dcw1p in biofilm formation and HOG MAPK pathway

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jürg Bähler –– Candida biofilm formation is a fascinating biological process and has medical implications.
Cellular production of a counterfeit viral protein confers immunity to infection by a related virus

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kate Bishop –– The acquisition of viral genes by hosts to use as anti-viral proteins is interesting and this adds to our knowledge of such mechanisms.
Molecular typing and profiling of topoisomerase mutations causing resistance to ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin in Elizabethkingia species

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Paul Tulkens –– Although Elizabethkingia may seem as a rather rare organism in terms fo human pathology, the study illustrates well the various mechanisms of resistance to a important fluoroquinolone and will be of interest to many investigators of antibacterial resistance and to clinicians using ciprofloxacin or other fluoroquinolones.
Fine-scale differentiation between Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus cereus group signatures in metagenome shotgun data

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Lesley Hoyles –– Highlights the need for careful analyses of metagenomic data when looking at closely related bacteria, and proposes a way of dealing with this. Applicable to metagenomic studies across a range of ecological niches.
A meta-analysis reveals the environmental and host factors shaping the structure and function of the shrimp microbiota

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– A very good effort on putting together and analysing shrimp gut microbiota.
The effects of fermentation products of prebiotic fibres on gut barrier and immune functions in vitro

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Maria Cristina Albertini –– I believe that prebiotics may have an important influence of immune response. More information are needed on intestinal barrier functions and this paper can be of support.
Occurrence of virulent multidrug-resistant Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium in the pigs, farmers and farm environments in Malaysia

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Carlos Conte-Junior –– This paper is very relevant in food microbiology.
Patterns in evolutionary origins of heme, chlorophyll a and isopentenyl diphosphate biosynthetic pathways suggest non-photosynthetic periods prior to plastid replacements in dinoflagellates

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Daniel Lahr –– This article attempts to retrace the complex history of re-construction of the photosynthetic pathway in organisms that went through serial endosymbiosis. It is likely to be relevant to biologists working on evolution, endosymbiosis and lateral gene transfer, thus making it a broadly interesting paper.

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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

Functions of Candida albicans cell wall glycosidases Dfg5p and Dcw1p in biofilm formation and HOG MAPK pathway https://t.co/mWItXMLdTM @thePeerJ https://t.co/9drzdViZnU

New paper by @rpetit3 with @jose_sandeep @jamesmhogan @mezewudo Bacillus anthracis identification in shotgun metagenome data using k-mers. taking into account lethal toxin gene presence and false positives from close relatives https://t.co/M6huJiFUxP via @thePeerJ

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A meta-analysis reveals the environmental and #host factors shaping the structure and function of the #shrimp #microbiota https://t.co/il8mxlFwsa via @thePeerJ

Patterns in evolutionary origins of heme, chlorophyll a and isopentenyl diphosphate biosynthetic pathways suggest non-photosynthetic periods prior to plastid replacements in dinoflagellates https://t.co/BPkcQJTVdQ #protists #algae