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Mold risks associated with marijuana grow operations

Every day there are numerous news reports dealing with “mold” and the built environment.  It’s usually a mix of scaremongering, cleaning suggestions, and the occasional bit of interesting science.  Generally we avoid this topic, since surprisingly little is actually known about what fungal species are actually associated with human health impacts.

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This story just caught my eye since I’m sure this is an understudied area of the built environment; marijuana grow operations (MGOs).  A (non-peer reviewed) study of a number of MGOs found that these residences are at a much higher risk for mold problems.   Bonus points for using culturing and culture-independent methods in parallel.

 

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David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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