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 …

“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 …