Microbial dynamics in glacier forefield soils show succession is not just skin deep

Arwyn Edwards, Sophie Charlotte Cook

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

9 Dyfyniadau(SciVal)
216 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


All over the world, glaciers are receding. One key consequence of glacier area loss is the creation of new terrestrial habitats. This presents an experimental opportunity to study both community formation and the implications of glacier loss for terrestrial ecosystems. In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Rime et al. (2015) describe how microbial communities are structured according to soil depth and development in the forefield of Damma glacier in Switzerland. The study provides insights into the contrasting structures of microbial communities at different stages of soil development. An important strength of the study is the integration of soil depth into the paradigm of primary succession, a feature which has rarely been considered by other studies. These findings underscore the importance of studying the interactions between microbial communities and glaciers at a time when Earth's glacial systems are experiencing profound change.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)963-966
CyfnodolynMolecular Ecology
Rhif cyhoeddi5
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar23 Chwef 2015
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - Maw 2015

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