The recently published research on the contamination of kitchen sponges headed by HFU professor, Dr. Markus Egert, has already attracted worldwide interest from radio and TV stations, internet and print media.
Here are the links to some of the English publications so far:
- Science magazine:http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/07/your-kitchen-sponge-harbors-zillions-microbes-cleaning-it-could-make-things-worse
- New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11897998&ref=rss
- New York Magazine: http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/08/your-kitchen-sponge-is-gross-and-cleaning-it-isnt-helping.html
- Time: http://time.com/4882325/kitchen-sponge-bacteria-dirty/
The study, headed by Prof. Dr. Markus Egert of the Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences at HFU, is a joint project of Furtwangen University (HFU), the Justus Liebig University in Gießen and the Helmholtz Centre in Munich. The study was published in "Scientific Reports", which belongs to the Nature Publishing Group. (DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-06055-9 1, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-06055-9, Title: Microbiome analysis and confocal microscopy of used kitchen sponges reveal massive colonization by Acinetobacter, Moraxella and Chryseobacterium species).