As people get more and more interested in the microbiology and microbiomes of the built environment, a critical additional step is to connnect this work to analyses of chemical compounds in the built environment. Studies of chemicals in the built environment have of course been going on for a long time (e.g., in studies of indoor air quality). I think now what will be very fruitful will be to connect information about the entire community of organisms in built environments with information about the entire quite of chemicals in those same environments. In essence this is analogous to what people are doing in studies of the human microbiome trying to connect microbes to “metabolomes”.
Anyway – we will be trying to cover more of this intersection on microBEnet in the future so please, send us / me your ideas about interesting papers and resources of relveance. Right now, I am trying to catch up on some reading on Indoor Chemistry and I thought I would share those papers with people here. These four are what I am digging through now:
- Roles of the human occupant in indoor chemistry by CJ Weschler in Indoor Air.
- Recent Advances in Indoor Chemistry by Glenn Morrison (Open Access) in Curr. Sustainable Renewable Energy Rep.
- Exploring the consequences of climate change for indoor air quality – by Willam Nazaroff (Open Access) in Environmental Research Letters.
- Chemistry in indoor environments – 20 years of research by CJ. Weschler in Indoor Air.
This is not my area of focus so I am sure there are other papers that may be good or better or worth looking at. Suggestions would be welcome.