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Human presence impacts fungal diversity of inflated lunar/Mars analog habitat

Overview of attention for article published in Microbiome, July 2017
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Human presence impacts fungal diversity of inflated lunar/Mars analog habitat
Published in
Microbiome, July 2017
DOI 10.1186/s40168-017-0280-8
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A. Blachowicz, T. Mayer, M. Bashir, T. R. Pieber, P. De León, K. Venkateswaran


An inflatable lunar/Mars analog habitat (ILMAH), simulated closed system isolated by HEPA filtration, mimics International Space Station (ISS) conditions and future human habitation on other planets except for the exchange of air between outdoor and indoor environments. The ILMAH was primarily commissioned to measure physiological, psychological, and immunological characteristics of human inhabiting in isolation, but it was also available for other studies such as examining its microbiological aspects. Characterizing and understanding possible changes and succession of fungal species is of high importance since fungi are not only hazardous to inhabitants but also deteriorate the habitats. Observing the mycobiome changes in the presence of human will enable developing appropriate countermeasures with reference to crew health in a future closed habitat. Succession of fungi was characterized utilizing both traditional and state-of-the-art molecular techniques during the 30-day human occupation of the ILMAH. Surface samples were collected at various time points and locations to observe both the total and viable fungal populations of common environmental and opportunistic pathogenic species. To estimate the cultivable fungal population, potato dextrose agar plate counts method was utilized. The internal transcribed spacer region-based iTag Illumina sequencing was employed to measure the community structure and fluctuation of the mycobiome over time in various locations. Treatment of samples with propidium monoazide (PMA; a DNA intercalating dye for selective detection of viable microbial populations) had a significant effect on the microbial diversity compared to non-PMA-treated samples. Statistical analysis confirmed that viable fungal community structure changed (increase in diversity and decrease in fungal burden) over the occupation time. Samples collected at day 20 showed distinct fungal profiles from samples collected at any other time point (before or after). Viable fungal families like Davidiellaceae, Teratosphaeriaceae, Pleosporales, and Pleosporaceae were shown to increase during the occupation time. The results of this study revealed that the overall fungal diversity in the closed habitat changed during human presence; therefore, it is crucial to properly maintain a closed habitat to preserve it from deteriorating and keep it safe for its inhabitants. Differences in community profiles were observed when statistically treated, especially of the mycobiome of samples collected at day 20. On a genus level Epiccocum, Alternaria, Pleosporales, Davidiella, and Cryptococcus showed increased abundance over the occupation time.

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Unknown 77 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 18%
Researcher 12 16%
Student > Bachelor 10 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 9%
Professor 3 4%
Other 13 17%
Unknown 18 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 21%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 16%
Immunology and Microbiology 8 10%
Environmental Science 5 6%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 6%
Other 12 16%
Unknown 19 25%
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