Advances in imaging the oral microbiome would have interesting applications in the built environment

When we talk about “community structure” in microbial ecology we are usually referring to the composition and frequency of various species in that community, information often arrived at through rRNA sequencing and/or metagenomics. But there is of course also a “real” structure of communities, particularly in biofilms.  Some species tend to be physically associated with …

“Microbial Home” by Philips takes a futuristic, holistic, positive look at microbes in the home

As with our recent musings on probiotics for buildings, sometimes it’s fun and productive to think about the distant future in the microbiology of the built environment. And Royal Philips Electronics (Netherlands) has done just that with their futuristic “Microbial Home” project.  I’m not saying every one of their ideas will work, or that I’m …

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, …

Bioinformatics Post Doc wanted to Work on microbes in the built environment at the BioBE Center

Jessica Green (http://biology.uoregon.edu/people/green/) and Brendan Bohannan(http://biology.uoregon.edu/ceeb/faculty_pages/Bohannan/) are currently seeking a bioinformatics postdoctoral researcher to explore fundamental questions in microbial ecology and evolution. Applicants should have a PhD with extensive training using bioinformatics to understand the ecology and/or evolution of complex biological communities, and strong writing skills.  The ideal candidate will have experience developing and applying quantitative community and population ecological …

Probiotics for buildings: A potential future application of current work on microbes in buildings

Year 2030 1:  Construct a building 2: Spray bacteria and fungi all around the building 3: Wait a few weeks and then open for business Sound crazy?  Not necessarily.  This scenario, or something like it, is the kind of application that could theoretically come out of current studies on the microbiology of the built environment. …

A bit about IM-BOL: The Indoor Mycota Barcode of Life for #microBEnet

Just got a nice description of the IM-BOL “Indoor Mycota Barcode of Life” project from the PI Keith Seifert.  This is one of the newly funded projects that are part of the Sloan Foundation’s Indoor Environment program.  I am posting the description on microBEnet here: https://www.microbe.net/im-bol-the-indoor-mycota-barcode-of-life/.  We are working on having pages for each of the …

Postdoctoral fellowships in fungal taxonomy and genomics; one focused on fungi from dust #microBEnet

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN FUNGAL TAXONOMY AND GENOMICS. Keith Seifert is looking for two post-docs, one interested in the identification of microfungi, and the other interested in participating in a genome project, for two-year positions in Ottawa, Canada. The first position is funded by the A.P. Sloan Foundation. A large and diverse collection of 6000-7000 strains isolated by …