Quick post: Interesting paper on affect of Monochloramine Disinfection System on drinking water microbial ecology at a hospital

Definitely worth checking out this paper from Kyle Bibby’s lab: PLOS ONE: Shift in the Microbial Ecology of a Hospital Hot Water System following the Introduction of an On-Site Monochloramine Disinfection System.  A key figure in the paper is Figure 2 which I post here.

Figure 2

The figure shows a PCA based clustering of samples based on the composition of the microbial communities in those samples.  It shows quite clearly that there were major changes between the “before treatment” samples and the “after treatment” samples.  The paper discusses this result and other results int he context of disinfection, hospitals, and microbial ecology of the built environment.

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.