From genes to genomes: beyond biodiversity in Spain's Rio Tinto.

@article{Zettler2003FromGT,
  title={From genes to genomes: beyond biodiversity in Spain's Rio Tinto.},
  author={Linda A Amaral Zettler and Mark A. Messerli and Abby D. Laatsch and Peter J. S. Smith and Mitchell L. Sogin},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={2003},
  volume={204 2},
  pages={205-9}
}
Spain's Rio Tinto, or Red River, an example of an extremely acidic (pH 1.7-2.5) environment with a high metal content, teems with prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial life. Our recent studies based on small-subunit rRNA genes reveal an unexpectedly high eukaryotic phylogenetic diversity in the river when compared to the relatively low prokaryotic diversity. Protists can therefore thrive in and dominate extremely acidic, heavy-metal-laden environments. Further, because we have discovered… CONTINUE READING

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