Potential sources of microbial colonizers in an initial soil ecosystem after retreat of an alpine glacier

@article{Rime2016PotentialSO,
  title={Potential sources of microbial colonizers in an initial soil ecosystem after retreat of an alpine glacier},
  author={Thomas Rime and Martin Hartmann and Beat Frey},
  journal={The ISME Journal},
  year={2016},
  volume={10},
  pages={1625-1641}
}
Rapid disintegration of alpine glaciers has led to the formation of new terrain consisting of mineral debris colonized by microorganisms. Despite the importance of microbial pioneers in triggering the formation of terrestrial ecosystems, their sources (endogenous versus exogenous) and identities remain elusive. We used 454-pyrosequencing to characterize the bacterial and fungal communities in endogenous glacier habitats (ice, sub-, supraglacial sediments and glacier stream leaving the glacier… CONTINUE READING