1/05/2007

More about bacteria.

This time in the air over Texas:
"[D]aily air samples were taken at several locations in San Antonio and Austin over a 17-week period. The samples were sent to Berkeley Lab where they were analyzed by the microarray. It found 1,800 types of bacteria, including some pathogens, wafting in the air over the two cities. This diverse population matches the complexity of soil populations, which is considered to be one of the richest habitats for microbes."

Link.

You hear that, Texas readers? Your air is teeming with bacteria! What do you have to say about that?

Note that this research is being funded in the name of homeland security. Everything's gotta have a reason I guess, but science for its own sake is fascinating enough, imo.

4 comments:

Annie in Austin said...

I don't even want to think about it, ChuckB! The mold/pollen allergies are bad enough.

Today, Monday morning, Austin woke to closed downtown streets and dead birds. This may turn out to be nothing important, or it may turn out to be really creepy; either way, I thought you'd be interested:

http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=5904817


Annie at the Transplantable Rose

chuck b. said...

Scary morning! Yeesh.

Pam/Digging said...

By noon Monday authorities were saying that the birds didn't die of avian flu or anything toxic in the air. I'm betting someone spread out poison on a roof to get rid of the grackles and pigeons--- not favorite birds around here. The dead sparrows? Innocent bystanders. The question is, will anyone fess up to the dirty deed?

chuck b. said...

I love the word "grackle".