“Architectural design influences the diversity and structure of the built environment microbiome” – paper by the BioBE Center group

We’ve posted in the past (here, here, here, and here) about some of the interesting work taking place at the BioBE Center regarding microbial community structure in health-care facilities.  Today a paper on this topic came out in the ISME Journal. This paper is certainly worth a read for anyone interested in the microbiology of …

Stirring up the air with vacuums – interesting new study

Well, normally I find popular press stories about getting rid of dust and bacteria to be mostly fear mongering.  But this article from WebMD (which much of the time I have complaints about) actually seems worth a look: Are Vacuum Cleaners Bad for Your Health?.  The article discusses in part new work from Australian researchers on …

Of potential microBEnet interest: designing the microbial research commons

Just had a quick glance at this: Designing the Microbial Research Commons: Proceedings of an International Workshop. Hal Levin sent me the link and it certainly seems interesting.  I am going to have to peruse it a bit more but it seems of relevance to the microBEnet community so I thought I would post about it. …

Ever been grossed out by hospital workers wearing scrubs wherever they go? New study relates to this

When I walk around UC Davis campus or visit areas near hospitals I am always dismayed by the number of people wearing their scrubs when they go out to lunch, seminars, or just walk around.  I have always wondered whether those scrubs harbor anything nasty.  Well, a new study in the American Journal of Infection Control …

New study concerning “Indoor mold poses key asthma risk for babies”

The association between moisture/dampness and negative health indicators (e.g. asthma) is quite well documented.   This is usually pinned on an unspecified “mold” although in reality the causative agent(s) is unknown.   For an excellent and detailed review of this topic see here.   A new study came out this week that looked in particular at the …

Microbiology of the Built Environment – as of ~ 100 years ago: Bacteria in relation to country life

Have this on my book shelf and was showing it to people today.  And low and behold, there it is on Google Books: Bacteria in relation to country life – Google Books. Download the PDF.  Learn about microbes in milk products, manure, wells, air, sewage, food, and more.  Gotta love Google Books.  And microbes.

Is your dishwasher trying to kill you? Maybe, but no evidence of that from this work

A new paper coming out in the journal Fungal Biology is getting a lot of press.  The paper is: Dishwashers — A man-made ecological niche accommodating human opportunistic fungal pathogens Normally, I try to avoid writing up blog posts relating to papers that are not at least freely available online so that anyone out there can …

More on microbes and art: Mold attack on frescoes and stone walls of Gradac monastery

For those interested in microbes and art, here is an article for you: Mold attack on frescoes and stone walls of Gradac monastery The PDF of the article is available here. Basically they looked at biofilms and molds on stone frescoes because of the possibility that they may lead to deterioration of the frescoes.