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Microbiome of the Built Environment (MoBE) 2017: Research to Application

New Content ItemWe invite submissions of MoBE papers highlighting recent research and emerging hot topics along the theme of “MoBE Research to Applications” . The goal of the MoBE 2017: Research to Application series is to present the latest MoBE research findings furthering our understanding of the formation and function of microbial communities in built environments, their impacts on human health, and how human occupants shape complex indoor microbiomes in relation to human exposure.


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are co-hosting the Microbiology of the Built Environment Research and Applications Symposium (MoBE 2017) at the National Academy of Sciences Building (2101 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC).  MoBE 2017 will celebrate the accomplishments of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded MoBE program and chart the future of the MoBE research field.

  1. Research

    City-scale distribution and dispersal routes of mycobiome in residences

    Pathogenic and allergenic bacteria and fungi within the indoors can bring detrimental health effects on the occupants. We previously studied the bacterial communities found in households located throughout Hon...

    Xinzhao Tong, Marcus H. Y. Leung, David Wilkins and Patrick K. H. Lee

    Microbiome 2017 5:131

    Published on: 4 October 2017

  2. Research

    Interactive effects of temperature, organic carbon, and pipe material on microbiota composition and Legionella pneumophila in hot water plumbing systems

    Several biotic and abiotic factors have been reported to influence the proliferation of microbes, including Legionella pneumophila, in hot water premise plumbing systems, but their combined effects have not been ...

    Caitlin R. Proctor, Dongjuan Dai, Marc A. Edwards and Amy Pruden

    Microbiome 2017 5:130

    Published on: 4 October 2017

  3. Research

    Preparing for the crewed Mars journey: microbiota dynamics in the confined Mars500 habitat during simulated Mars flight and landing

    The Mars500 project was conceived as the first full duration simulation of a crewed return flight to Mars. For 520 days, six crew members lived confined in a specifically designed spacecraft mock-up. The herei...

    Petra Schwendner, Alexander Mahnert, Kaisa Koskinen, Christine Moissl-Eichinger, Simon Barczyk, Reinhard Wirth, Gabriele Berg and Petra Rettberg

    Microbiome 2017 5:129

    Published on: 4 October 2017

  4. Research

    Microbes and associated soluble and volatile chemicals on periodically wet household surfaces

    Microorganisms influence the chemical milieu of their environment, and chemical metabolites can affect ecological processes. In built environments, where people spend the majority of their time, very little is...

    Rachel I. Adams, Despoina S. Lymperopoulou, Pawel K. Misztal, Rita De Cassia Pessotti, Scott W. Behie, Yilin Tian, Allen H. Goldstein, Steven E. Lindow, William W. Nazaroff, John W. Taylor, Matt F. Traxler and Thomas D. Bruns

    Microbiome 2017 5:128

    Published on: 26 September 2017

  5. Research

    Whole metagenome profiles of particulates collected from the International Space Station

    The built environment of the International Space Station (ISS) is a highly specialized space in terms of both physical characteristics and habitation requirements. It is unique with respect to conditions of mi...

    Nicholas A. Be, Aram Avila-Herrera, Jonathan E. Allen, Nitin Singh, Aleksandra Checinska Sielaff, Crystal Jaing and Kasthuri Venkateswaran

    Microbiome 2017 5:81

    Published on: 17 July 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Microbiome 2017 5:111

  6. Research

    Human presence impacts fungal diversity of inflated lunar/Mars analog habitat

    An inflatable lunar/Mars analog habitat (ILMAH), simulated closed system isolated by HEPA filtration, mimics International Space Station (ISS) conditions and future human habitation on other planets except for...

    A. Blachowicz, T. Mayer, M. Bashir, T. R. Pieber, P. De León and K. Venkateswaran

    Microbiome 2017 5:62

    Published on: 11 July 2017