Phylogenetic and Functional Substrate Specificity for Endolithic Microbial Communities in Hyper-Arid Environments

@article{CritsChristoph2016PhylogeneticAF,
  title={Phylogenetic and Functional Substrate Specificity for Endolithic Microbial Communities in Hyper-Arid Environments},
  author={Alexander Crits-Christoph and Courtney Kathryn Robinson and Bing Ma and Jacques Ravel and Jacek Wierzchos and Carmen Ascaso and Octavio Artieda and V. Souza-Egipsy and Mar{\'i}a Cristina Casero and Jocelyne DiRuggiero},
  journal={Frontiers in microbiology},
  year={2016},
  volume={7},
  pages={301}
}
Under extreme water deficit, endolithic (inside rock) microbial ecosystems are considered environmental refuges for life in cold and hot deserts, yet their diversity and functional adaptations remain vastly unexplored. The metagenomic analyses of the communities from two rock substrates, calcite and ignimbrite, revealed that they were dominated by Cyanobacteria, Actinobacteria, and Chloroflexi. The relative distribution of major phyla was significantly different between the two substrates and… CONTINUE READING
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