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Soil Ecology in Antarctic Dry Valleys
It 's hard to imagine that anything could live in the cold, dry soils of Antarctica. Early investigations of the soil bacterial communities of the McMurdo Dry Valley found only a handful of bacteria, leading to the conclusion that these soils were essentially sterile. The idea that microorganisms can grow at all in the very dry soils of the McMurdo Dry Valleys seems astounding but the recent use of advanced molecular biology techniques to investigate soil biodiversity, has revealed a surprising bacterial richness in the area.The goal of this project is to identify active members of the McMurdo Dry Valley soil microbial community and determine their ecological role. Little is known about bacterial populations in the Dry Valley soils, but until we understand which populations are active and what they do, it will be impossible to understand the ecological role that bacteria play in ecosystem function.
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