Microbiology

Improved genome of Agrobacterium radiobacter type strain provides new taxonomic insight into Agrobacterium genomospecies 4
Siouxsie Wiles –– Highlights a serious issue with the previously published genome and presents new insights into Agrobacterium biology
Efficient generation of human primordial germ cell-like cells from pluripotent stem cells in a methylcellulose-based 3D system at large scale
Shao-Chen Sun –– A system which produces more primordial germ cell-like cells.
Fluoxetine-induced alteration of murine gut microbial community structure: evidence for a microbial endocrinology-based mechanism of action responsible for fluoxetine-induced side effects
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
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.
Drivers and assemblies of soil eukaryotic microbes among different soil habitat types in a semi-arid mountain in China
Scott Wallen –– Claudia helped a lot accepting several invitations for reviewing the revised manuscript. A thorough and thoughtful reviewer!
Migration and transformation of dissolved carbon during accumulated cyanobacteria decomposition in shallow eutrophic lakes: a simulated microcosm study
Jianjun Wang –– The algae soap, caused by Cynobacteria boom, is a serious problem in hypereutrophic lakes, such as Taihu Lake. The subsequent decomposition in aquatic environments is full of complex biogeochemical processes reluctant to be deciphered. The long-time microcosm experiment could be a great step in understanding the migration and transformation of dissolved carbon associated with algae soap.
Analysis of adult damselfly fecal material aids in the estimation of antibiotic-resistant Enterobacterales contamination of the local environment
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.
Does Twitter language reliably predict heart disease? A commentary on Eichstaedt et al. (2015a)
Tjeerd Boonstra –– The article re-examines the results of an influential paper and challenges the idea that social media data analysed on a county-level may provide a reliable predictor of health outcomes. The authors raise several questions on the reliability of data and study design that need to be addressed for this field going forward.
Fine-scale differentiation between Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus cereus group signatures in metagenome shotgun data
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.
Children’s physical activity and sedentary time compared using assessments of accelerometry counts and muscle activity level
Antonio Palazón-Bru –– New methodology to take into account.
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