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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

Differences in stability of seed-associated microbial assemblages in response to invasion by phytopathogenic microorganisms

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Blanca Landa –– It provides example of use of traditional and novel technique sto address important biologcal questions that can be extrapolated to many other crops
Characterisation of the human uterine microbiome in non-pregnant women through deep sequencing of the V1-2 region of the 16S rRNA gene

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Offer Erez –– The understanding of the human microbiom in immune privilige sites is important and tyhis manuscript contribute substantially to this field
Porphyrobacter mercurialis sp. nov., isolated from a stadium seat and emended description of the genus Porphyrobacter

Editor rating: 8 / 10

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Anvi’o: an advanced analysis and visualization platform for ‘omics data

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Walter van Gulik –– In this paper a powerful open source platform is described to perform in depth analysis of large omics datasets, without requirement of extensive bioinformatics skills
The Phanerozoic diversification of silica-cycling testate amoebae and its possible links to changes in terrestrial ecosystems

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– It show how individual observations (e.g., kleptosquamy in amoebozoa) might have large effect on ancestral state reconstructions. The latter are key to date the diversification of these amoeboza with Si test and their link with rise of terrestrial ecosystems and the Si cycle. This has the potential to be of interest for various fields in biology, paleontology and beyond (geology).
Klebsiella pneumoniae subsp. pneumoniae–bacteriophage combination from the caecal effluent of a healthy woman

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Valeria Souza –– The relationship between fages and bacteria is really important to untangle, this is a good step forward.
Elaborate cellulosome architecture of Acetivibrio cellulolyticus revealed by selective screening of cohesin–dockerin interactions

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Guo-Qiang Chen –– Better understanding the cellulose utilization mechanism.
Eutrophication and the dietary promotion of sea turtle tumors

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stuart Pimm –– An important connection between terrestrial pollution and the harm it does to marine species.
Culture-independent detection and characterisation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. africanum in sputum samples using shotgun metagenomics on a benchtop sequencer

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jonathan Eisen –– I find it uncomfortable answering these questions. I think the paper should be judged by the community after it is published.
Evidence that ebolaviruses and cuevaviruses have been diverging from marburgviruses since the Miocene

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Claus Wilke –– Ebola and Marburg viruses are important human pathogens, and Ebola in particular is currently in the news due to the unprecedented epidemic in Africa. As such, an article that informs us about their respective evolutionary history (in particular, their long divergence time) will be of broad interest to many people who are following the news on Ebola.

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