It’s no exaggeration to say that bacteria are everywhere, but one place is especially bad. Work done by Dr. Sarah Kwan of The Peccia Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory at Yale University found an overwhelming number of microbes in schools — or, more specifically, on school desks. Though germs in schools are to be expected, the study found that even after a deep cleaning, the germs on school desks came back in full force within just a few days.
Looking at the microbial communities that grow on students’ desks, a team of Yale researchers found that the bacteria and fungi overwhelmingly came from the children sitting at the desks. They also found that, even after a desk cleaning, the microbes were back in full force within a few days.
Research has found that having a dog may increase the diversity of microbes inside a home
Scientists are paying increasing attention to the "indoor microbiome." the billions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that we share our homes and offices with
Environmental engineers Jordan Peccia and Drew Gentner are finding new ways to study the air we breathe - both indoors and out.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are conducting a study of microbial communities inside buildings and how they affect human health. The report is expected to be published later this year.
Two Yale University researchers—Jordan Peccia and Sarah E. Kwan—make the case that we may want to start designing to intentionally allow exposure to certain microbes in buildings, including our homes.
Architectural design is often concerned with energy efficiency or aesthetics, not microbial exposure. But, in a new article environmental engineers make a case for assessing the benefits of having these unseen organisms in our homes. Maybe, they say, instead of pushing all of them out, we should let the right ones in.
A squeaky clean home, free of bacteria and fungi, may not be as healthy as you think, say US experts.
Instead of making our living environments as sterile as possible, we should be designing our homes for us and our microbial roommates.
Let the right bugs in.
Architectural design too concerned with energy efficiency and aesthetics, while failing to ensure easy access for microbes, a new study suggests.
"To Peccia and Kwan, one of the best delivery mechanisms for germs is — you guessed it — pets, since cohabitating with an animal increases the “bacterial and fungal diversity in house dust” in a home".
Nexus Blog entry on what it is like to attend the ACS-Green Chemistry & Engineering conference for the first time as someone who works on indoor microbiomes.
ISIAQ talk by Jordan Peccia 2015
A hot topic in the research community is the microbiome of the built environment. This week on IAQ Radio we welcome one of the leading researchers in this area Dr. Jordan Peccia…
'All infectious diseases we get, we get indoors,' says scientist