Continental-scale distributions of dust-associated bacteria and fungi.

  title={Continental-scale distributions of dust-associated bacteria and fungi.},
  author={Albert Barber{\'a}n and Joshua Ladau and Jonathan W Leff and Katherine S. Pollard and Holly L. Menninger and Robert R. Dunn and Noah Fierer},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={112 18},
It has been known for centuries that microorganisms are ubiquitous in the atmosphere, where they are capable of long-distance dispersal. Likewise, it is well-established that these airborne bacteria and fungi can have myriad effects on human health, as well as the health of plants and livestock. However, we have a limited understanding of how these airborne communities vary across different geographic regions or the factors that structure the geographic patterns of near-surface microbes across… CONTINUE READING
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