Wastewater contribues to antibiotic resistance even after the best available treatments

Wastewater treatment systems are one of the few built environments where microbes get the attention we believe they deserve.   Bacteria in particular are a critical component of treating the massive waste stream generated by humanity on a daily basis.  And those bacteria are basically harmless out in the wild… unless they harbor and transfer antibiotic …

Conference of interest: Conference on Building Energy and Environment

Just became aware of a conference that may be of interest to those who care about microbiology of the built environment: The Second International Conference on Building Energy and Environment (COBEE). From their website: Energy and environment concerns have been ranked among the top problems facing society for the next 50 years, of which buildings …

Do you survey biological aerosols? If so – feedback wanted on protocols used

Got this email from Jordan Peccia at Yale who is working on a report regarding sampling microbes in air.  If you are working on sampling biological material from air please consider filling out the template and sending it to Jordan.  Thanks Based on the Sloan Sponsored Indoor Microbiome Sampling Workshop held last spring, Jayne Morrow …

Interesting Indoor Microbe of the day: Serratia marcescens

After reading this story today about Serratia marcescens I thought it would be interesting to have the occasional post highlighting a particular organism found in the built environment.  Sort of like a baseball card collection of microbes. Name:  Serratia marcescens Location: commonly found in showers, toilets, tiles etc.  Fairly ubiquitous in damp environments. Description: rod-shaped, …

Nice video from Institute of Medicine: What do you need to know about infectious disease?

New video from Institute of Medicine on “What you need to know about infectious disease” which is useful and fortunately includes some information about things other than infectious diseases. It is based on this booklet. I note – it is heavy on those with apparent XY chromosome status, but maybe next time they will include …

Defense against bacterial biofilms on boats

When I think of things that problematically attach themselves the bottom of boats, I usually think of barnacles.   But bacterial biofilms can also be a problem, and can make the substrate more attractive to larger organisms. I saw an interesting story today on work focused on developing anti-fouling systems that aren’t toxic to the environment.  …