Microbes in high arctic snow and implications for the cold biosphere.

  title={Microbes in high arctic snow and implications for the cold biosphere.},
  author={Tommy Harding and Anne D Jungblut and Connie Lovejoy and Warwick F Vincent},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={77 10},
We applied molecular, microscopic, and culture techniques to characterize the microbial communities in snow and air at remote sites in the Canadian High Arctic (Ward Hunt Island, Ellesmere Island, and Cornwallis Island, latitudes 74 to 83(o)N). Members of the Bacteria and Eukarya were prevalent in the snow, and their small subunit (SSU) rRNA gene signatures indicated strong local aerial transport within the region over the preceding 8 months of winter snowpack accumulation. Many of the… CONTINUE READING
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