Microbial burden and diversity of commercial airline cabin air during short and long durations of travel

  title={Microbial burden and diversity of commercial airline cabin air during short and long durations of travel},
  author={Shariff R Osman and Myron T. La Duc and Anne E Dekas and David Newcombe and Kasthuri Venkateswaran},
  journal={The ISME Journal},
Total microbial burden and diversity associated with commercial airliner cabin air was assessed by molecular methods in 125 air samples from the business-class sections of 16 domestic and international flights. Viable microbial burden within these cabin air parcels constituted only 1–10% of the total microbial population and ranged from below detection limits to 1.2 × 104 cells m–3 as determined with a validated ATP-based technology. Cultivable bacterial diversity was almost entirely limited to… CONTINUE READING
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