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Researchers Establish Common Seasonal Pattern Among Bacterial Communities in Arctic Rivers
November 24, 2009
New research on bacterial communities throughout six large arctic river ecosystems reveals predictable temporal patterns, suggesting that scientists could use these communities as markers for monitoring climate change in the polar regions. The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition, shows that bacterial communities in the six rivers shifted synchronously over time, correlating with seasonal shifts in hydrology and biogeochemistry.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
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