Microbiology

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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

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.
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.
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.
Transcriptomic evidence for involvement of reactive oxygen species in Rhizoctonia solani AG1 IA sclerotia maturation

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Siouxsie Wiles –– Sounds like a really interesting study to those working on plant fungal pathogens.
Epidemiology of Haemophilus parasuis isolates from pigs in China using serotyping, antimicrobial susceptibility, biofilm formation and ERIC-PCR genotyping

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Sheng Chen –– Haemophilus parasuis is a very important pathogen in animals. More studies should be encouraged in this field.
Multi-omic profiling to assess the effect of iron starvation in Streptococcus pneumoniae TIGR4

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Luciana Leite –– Multi-omics is a technique that can be applied to several fields.
Porcine rotavirus C in pigs with gastroenteritis on Thai swine farms, 2011–2016

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Valeria Souza –– Swine rotavirus could be a reservoir for human rotavirus, to understand how those virus evolve is extremely relevant for human health.
Effects of tobacco smoke and electronic cigarette vapor exposure on the oral and gut microbiota in humans: a pilot study

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Valeria Souza –– electronic cigarette is a new trendy substitution to normal cigarettes, albeit, they do have an effect on the microbiome of their users. This open the door to do more research on this relevant topic of human health.

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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

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

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

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Does smoking affect your microbiome? An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/xVtTZHW3oH #Microbiology #MolecularBiology

New study compares gut bacteria of vapers, non- smokers and tobacco smokers
https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180430/New-study-compares-gut-bacteria-of-vapers-non-smokers-and-tobacco-smokers.aspx

Vapers and non-smokers have the same flourishing gut flora
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-04-vapers-non-smokers-flourishing-gut-flora.html