“NIST Finds That Ethanol-Loving Bacteria Accelerate Cracking of Pipeline Steels”

When people hear “microbiology of the built environment” they tend to think first of buildings.   But the built environment includes so much more, ranging from transportation (cars/planes/space shuttles) to swimming pools to highway bridges. The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) has a test facility where they study biofuels.   They recently presented some results …

New study concerning “Indoor mold poses key asthma risk for babies”

The association between moisture/dampness and negative health indicators (e.g. asthma) is quite well documented.   This is usually pinned on an unspecified “mold” although in reality the causative agent(s) is unknown.   For an excellent and detailed review of this topic see here.   A new study came out this week that looked in particular at the …

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: http://www.microbe.net/im-bol-the-indoor-mycota-barcode-of-life/.  We are working on having pages for each of the …

Desperate to know what microbes are on your money? This project is for you (with some cool side science benefits)

I am fascinated by citizen science projects like this: The Bioweathermap Sees The Germs Around Us – Bruce Upbin – Tradigital – Forbes.  Years ago it was all the rage to track where your money had been using systems like “Where’s George“.  Well, movement is not all that happens to money.  Money picks up all sorts …