Special Issue "Environmental and Occupational Exposure to Microbial Contaminants"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021).
Interests: air quality; bioaerosols; environmental health; environmental epidemiology; microbial disinfection methods
Exposure to environmental microorganisms and microbial contaminants, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and their toxic by-products, such as endotoxin, mycotoxins, and other metabolites may cause various infections, respiratory diseases, inflammations, allergic responses, and cancers. Human exposure to these microbial contaminants occurs through various exposure routes, such as inhalation, ingestion, or dermal uptake. Our understanding of the links between human and animal health and environmental microbes is still at the early stage. Recent metagenomic studies have shown that the environmental microbial diversity is far more complex than we previously thought. We need more information from multiple disciplines to advance our understanding of how microbial communities are influenced by our microenvironment, such as our buildings and workplaces as well as by the changing global climate. At the same time we need more research efforts to better understand how the environment and biodiversity determine and influence human health through environmental microbiota. To address all these research gaps, we need more sophisticated tools that can quantify microbial exposures more accurately, identify environmental microorganisms leading to information on microbial community composition, and yield quantitative data on microbial abundance in the community.
This Special Issue seeks research papers on various aspects of microbial exposure through air, water, and soil in buildings and various work environments and the links between microbial exposure levels, microbial diversity, human health, and the health of workers. We especially encourage the submission of interdisciplinary work and multi-country collaborative research. We also encourage the submission of manuscripts related to new tools, such as sensors and newly-designed air samplers for assessing human exposure to environmental microbial contaminants.
Dr. Atin Adhikari
Manuscript Submission Information
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- microbial exposure
- organic dust
- waterborne microorganisms
- indoor air quality
- sick building
- environmental monitoring