Introducing the “Microbiology of the built environment” Mendeley group #microBEnet

This post is about Microbiology of the Built Environment Mendeley group … Social networking and bibliographies may not seem like they go together well.  But actually, they do.  In the last few years there has been a movement to “socialize” bibliographies and reference collections.  There are many many many systems for doing this, some better than …

What microbes are lurking in your fish tank? Good candidate for some citizen microbiology I think

Recently I wrote here about a new report on a citizen microbiology effort focusing on microbes in water heaters: More on citizen microbiology project from @Penn_State & @NASA on thermophiles in water heaters via @scicheer @Sci4Cits Well, a new paper in PLoS One (PLoS ONE: Aquarium Nitrification Revisited: Thaumarchaeota Are the Dominant Ammonia Oxidizers in Freshwater …

More on citizen microbiology project from @Penn_State & @NASA on thermophiles in water heaters via @scicheer @Sci4Cits

I love citizen science. And I dream of doing citizen microbiology. Thus I love the project going on at Penn. St. on getting people to sample microbes in hot water heaters (posted a mini note about it a while ago). There is a good article about this project on the Science For Citizens blog here: …

More on bacteria in city air: “Your faeces, my furry friend, are blowin’ in the wind”

Well, kudos I suppose to the headline writer for this one: Your faeces, my furry friend, are blowin’ in the wind – health – 12 August 2011 – New Scientist. The article is about recent work by Noah Fierer and colleagues on bacteria in outdoor air in cities. Not exactly microbiology of the built environment …