Fundamental drivers for endolithic microbial community assemblies in the hyperarid Atacama Desert.

@article{Meslier2018FundamentalDF,
  title={Fundamental drivers for endolithic microbial community assemblies in the hyperarid Atacama Desert.},
  author={Victoria Meslier and Mar{\'i}a Cristina Casero and Micah Dailey and Jacek Wierzchos and Carmen Ascaso and Octavio Artieda and Peter R. McCullough and Jocelyne DiRuggiero},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  year={2018},
  volume={20 5},
  pages={1765-1781}
}
In hyperarid deserts, endolithic microbial communities colonize the rocks' interior as a survival strategy. Yet, the composition of these communities and the drivers promoting their assembly are still poorly understood. We analysed the diversity and community composition of endoliths from four different lithic substrates - calcite, gypsum, ignimbrite and granite - collected in the hyperarid zone of the Atacama Desert, Chile. By combining microscopy, mineralogy, spectroscopy and high throughput… CONTINUE READING
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