Methodological approaches for studying the microbial ecology of drinking water distribution systems

There is a paper that just was published that possibly will be of interest to those interested in studying microbial ecology of drinking water (or other water systems for that matter): Methodological approaches for studying the microbial ecology of drinking water distribution systems.  Unfortunately the paper is not freely or openly available.  The paper covers many topics of interest including both culture based and culture independent and a diversity of methods within these categories. It has a focus on methods as they would be applied to studies of microbes in drinking water distribution systems but much of the information would be of value to people studying microbes in other locations.  It would be much more useful of a paper to many if it were freely and openly available, but alas, it is not.  Still useful mind you and worth a look if you can get access.

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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.