Bacteria to stabilize buildings

So I’m going to stick with a theme here and try to talk about beneficial uses of microbes in the built environment (like stabilizing the ground underneath buildings to mitigate the effects of earthquakes). Today I came across the research from a group of students at Newcastle University who designed a strain of Bacillus that …

Biofilms to stabilize buildings?

When reading about the microbiology of the built environment there are far far more examples of the negative impacts of microbes on human health and building integrity than the reverse. Therefore, the occasional report of beneficial applications (however theoretical) deserves mention.  Today I came across this old report (behind a pay wall) from the 2005 …

Welcome

Welcome to MicroBEnet! If you’re interested in the “Microbiology of the Built Environment” (small stuff growing in buildings) then you’re in the right place. If you just want to see what this field is all about, check out the rest of the site. If you’re a researcher in either indoor environments or microbiology you can …