Urban Transit System Microbial Communities Differ by Surface Type and Interaction with Humans and the Environment

@inproceedings{Hsu2016UrbanTS,
  title={Urban Transit System Microbial Communities Differ by Surface Type and Interaction with Humans and the Environment},
  author={Tiffany W. Hsu and Regina Joice and Jose Vallarino and Galeb S Abu-Ali and Erica M Hartmann and Afrah Shafquat and Casey R. DuLong and Catherine Baranowski and Dirk Gevers and Jessica L. Green and Xochitl C. Morgan and John D. Spengler and Curtis Huttenhower},
  booktitle={mSystems},
  year={2016}
}
Public transit systems are ideal for studying the urban microbiome and interindividual community transfer. In this study, we used 16S amplicon and shotgun metagenomic sequencing to profile microbial communities on multiple transit surfaces across train lines and stations in the Boston metropolitan transit system. The greatest determinant of microbial community structure was the transit surface type. In contrast, little variation was observed between geographically distinct train lines and… CONTINUE READING

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