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“The Mystery of the Canadian Whiskey Fungus”

Just a quick post here about an interesting microbial detective story in the built environment of a whiskey distillery.  The researcher profiled in this story was trying to identify a fungus that thrives on the ethanol released from the distillery process.

This article from Wired magazine also talks about the concept of “urban extremophiles”, pointing out that many urban environments are quite extreme from a microbial point of view but that hasn’t stopped them from thriving pretty much everywhere people go.

Whiskey bottling plant

David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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