How much germs (bacteria, fungi) exist in the air ?

Graham Shepherd muhero at globalnet.co.uk
Thu Jul 30 16:02:55 EST 1998

When these bugs moult, do they shed the entire outer surface? - if so they
will be shedding the lining of the G-I tract too. So the microecology of the
gut is going to be completely altered. Coprophagy is one way to restore it ,
but maybe the lysozyme changes are part of another mechanism for the same

Stefan Eichler wrote in message <35C0A509.2311EE3A at ruhr-uni-bochum.de>...
>Actually, I expected that the majority of bacteria in soil or air are
>too. But, my problem arises from a immunological phenomenon present in
>hematophagous insects:
>3 weeks after a bloodmeal, the reduviid bug <Rhodnius prolixus> exhibits a
>higher lysozymal activity in the intestinal tract than shortly after
>blood. It is suggested that the lysozyme titre is that high because - in
>preparation for the moulting process - they 'ingest' air and must therefore
>avoid infections with bacteria they take up together with the air. But -
and now
>for the problem - to ensure their supply with symbionts, these bugs show a
>coprophagic behaviour mainly shortly after the blood meal but not 3 weeks
>They ingest some fecal material originating from other specimens and so
>could become infected with contaminating bacteria inhabitating the soil.
So, if
>there should be more microorganisms inhabitating the soil - actually that's
>I expect - should not the lysozymal activity reach its peak shortly after
>blood meal and not 3 weeks later ?
>Therefore, I'm looking for information concerning the ratio of germs
existing in
>soil and air, to make sure that the chance to get contaminated during
>is higher than via the ingestion of air.
>                                            Stefan
>> Steve,
>>     I have no idea about how many bacteria inhabit the soil or air.  I
>> tell you that bacterial concentrations in rivers/streams are in the
>> of millions/ml.  Although this number seems high, the majority of them
>> inactive and will not cause any harm.
>>                                                                 Tommy
>> tdenson at netdoor.com

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