Rapid microbial response to the presence of an ancient relic in the Antarctic Dry Valleys.

Abstract

The extreme cold and aridity of the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys have led to the longstanding belief that metabolic rates of soil microbiota are negligible, and that ecosystem changes take place over millennia. Here we report the first direct experimental evidence that soil microbial communities undergo rapid and lasting changes in response to contemporary… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1645

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