This may be of interest:
Call for participants: Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment Working Group. Details copied from the announcement pasted below:
The session at the ASM 2012 meeting on “The Great Indoors” seems to have gone well. I will be writing up a more detailed report but here is a quick summary done via “Storify”.
http://storify.com/phylogenomics/asm2012-microbenet.js[&lt;a href=”http://storify.com/phylogenomics/asm2012-microbenet” target=”_blank”&gt;View the story “Session at #ASM2012 on The Great Indoors: Recent Advances in the Ecology of Built Environments ” on Storify&lt;/a&gt;]
The article is definitely worth a read. Only issue really is that I have a feeling people may be distracted by some sort of storm hitting the East Coast right now. Well, after the storm hits, microbiology of the indoor environment will likely be even more important to pay attention to.
If you want to brush up on studies of microbiology of the built environment check out some of the resources we have made and/or collated at microBEnet including:
- microBEnet Blog with diverse posts such as
- What microbes are lurking in your fish tank? Good candidate for some citizen microbiology I think
- OMG – Nooooooooooooo. There are GERMS in fast food restaurant play areas
- “NIST Finds That Ethanol-Loving Bacteria Accelerate Cracking of Pipeline Steels”
- Microbes in tobacco products: health and policy implications
- Is your dishwasher trying to kill you? Maybe, but no evidence of that from this work
- Travel & meeting notes from #IndoorAir2011 – cross post from Tree of Life blog
- Simple Guides (sort of introductory material for background purposes)
- Full List of Sloan IE Grants
- Mendeley Group for microBEnet (collection of publications related to microbiology of the built environment)