Influence of bedrock mineral composition on microbial diversity in a subglacial environment

Andrew Charles Mitchell, Melissa J. Lafreniere, Mark L. Skidmore, Eric S. Boyd

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

61 Dyfyniadau(SciVal)
176 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


Microorganisms in subglacial environments drive the chemical weathering of bedrock, however, the influence of bedrock mineralogy on the composition and activity of microbial assemblages in such environments is poorly understood. Here, using a combination of in situ mineral incubation and DNA fingerprinting techniques, we demonstrate that pyrite is the dominant mineralogical control on subglacial bacterial community structure and composition. In addition, we show that the abundance of Fe in the incubated minerals influences the development of mineral associated biomass. The ubiquitous nature of pyrite in many common bedrock types and high SO42- concentrations in most glacial meltwaters suggests that pyrite may be a dominant lithogenic control on microbial communities in many subglacial systems. Mineral-based energy may therefore serve a fundamental role in sustaining subglacial microbial populations and enabling their persistence over glacial-interglacial timescales.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)855-858
Nifer y tudalennau5
Rhif cyhoeddi8
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar20 Meh 2013
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 2013

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