Molecular Characterization of an Endolithic Microbial Community in Dolomite Rock in the Central Alps (Switzerland)

@article{Horath2008MolecularCO,
  title={Molecular Characterization of an Endolithic Microbial Community in Dolomite Rock in the Central Alps (Switzerland)},
  author={Thomas Horath and Reinhard Bachofen},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={58},
  pages={290-306}
}
Endolithic microorganisms colonize the pores in exposed dolomite rocks in the Piora Valley in the Swiss Alps. They appear as distinct grayish-green bands about 1–8 mm below the rock surface. Based on environmental small subunit ribosomal RNA gene sequences, a diverse community driven by photosynthesis has been found. Cyanobacteria (57 clones), especially the genus Leptolyngbya, form the functional basis for an endolithic community which contains a wide spectrum of so far not characterized… CONTINUE READING

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