Household Dust Harbors Thousands of Microbial Species: WEDNESDAY.
‘We reside in a microbial zoo, which study was an attempt to catalog that diversity,’ he added. ‘Geography may be the best predictor of fungi in your house,’ Fierer said. ‘Associated with that most fungi blow in from outside via soil and leaves.’ For example, a genuine home in the upper Midwest provides different fungi than one in the Southeast. By analyzing the dirt samples, the researchers could predict which homes had pets such as dogs and cats, and actually the gender ratio of the people who lived there. (more…)