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Biology 2013, 2(1), 331-340; doi:10.3390/biology2010331

Micro-Eukaryotic Diversity in Hypolithons from Miers Valley, Antarctica

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Received: 20 December 2012 / Revised: 11 February 2013 / Accepted: 18 February 2013 / Published: 22 February 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polar Microbiology: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives)
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Abstract: The discovery of extensive and complex hypolithic communities in both cold and hot deserts has raised many questions regarding their ecology, biodiversity and relevance in terms of regional productivity. However, most hypolithic research has focused on the bacterial elements of the community. This study represents the first investigation of micro-eukaryotic communities in all three hypolith types. Here we show that Antarctic hypoliths support extensive populations of novel uncharacterized bryophyta, fungi and protists and suggest that well known producer-decomposer-predator interactions may create the necessary conditions for hypolithic productivity in Antarctic deserts.
Keywords: Antarctica; micro-eukaryotes; hypoliths Antarctica; micro-eukaryotes; hypoliths
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Gokul, J.K.; Valverde, A.; Tuffin, M.; Cary, S.C.; Cowan, D.A. Micro-Eukaryotic Diversity in Hypolithons from Miers Valley, Antarctica. Biology 2013, 2, 331-340.

AMA Style

Gokul JK, Valverde A, Tuffin M, Cary SC, Cowan DA. Micro-Eukaryotic Diversity in Hypolithons from Miers Valley, Antarctica. Biology. 2013; 2(1):331-340.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Gokul, Jarishma K.; Valverde, Angel; Tuffin, Marla; Cary, Stephen C.; Cowan, Don A. 2013. "Micro-Eukaryotic Diversity in Hypolithons from Miers Valley, Antarctica." Biology 2, no. 1: 331-340.

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