New papers on microbiology of the built environment, June 18, 2016

Microbes and disinfection Antibacterial Activity of Blue Light against Nosocomial Wound Pathogens Growing Planktonically and as Mature Biofilms – Fenella D. Halstead – Applied and Environmental Microbiology (OA) (…) Here we report the findings of a multicenter in vitro study performed to assess the antimicrobial activity of 400-nm blue light against bacteria in both planktonic and biofilm …

New Papers on microbiology of the built environment, November 20, 2015

Lots of cool new papers to share. Unfortunately, many are behind paywalls. Humans in hospitals Towards an antimicrobial ‘microglove’ – Ewoud Reilman – Scientific Reports (OA) Healthcare workers frequently experience difficulties in complying strictly to hand disinfection protocols. This study was therefore aimed at the development of a hand rub with antimicrobial activity that forms …

Salmonella Biofilm 1, Disinfectants 0

US news just published an article, Disinfectants Can’t Defeat Salmonella in Food-Processing Plants: Study, discussing the inability of currently used disinfectants to eradicate or even reduce viable counts of Salmonella. The full article, Commonly used disinfectants fail to eradicate Salmonella enterica biofilm from food contact surface materials, is located behind a paywall in the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology …

Residual viral and bacterial contamination of surfaces after cleaning and disinfection.

Interesting new paper on cleaning surfaces … and what seems to work or not work: Residual viral and bacterial contamination of surfaces after cleaning and disinfection. It is an advanced PDF in AEM – not sure if people have access to the advanced PDF or not – unclear if those are freely available.  I have added it …

Interesting concept, confused reporting on beneficial bacteria indoors

I’ve posted several times in the past about various beneficial uses of bacteria in the built environment, including remediation of art and the idea of probiotics for buildings. Today I saw a story about using beneficial bacteria in cleaning liquid, which supposedly “reduced bad bacteria by 1,000-fold compared with standard cleaning techniques”.  Sounds interesting. Where …