Why sequence marine sediments from high-latitude regions?
High-latitude regions are often seen as being relatively pristine areas due to their remote location and low population densities, but human activities are affecting these regions dramatically at a global and local scale. This project considers microbial communities of cold polluted coastal sediments from four geographically distant regions, in part to potentially identify key environmental components selected for adaptation to both cold conditions and chemical pollution, as previous studies suggest they have the potential to provide a wealth of novel genetic information.
Principal Investigators: Hebe Dionisi, Patagonian National Research Center, Argentina
Program: CSP 2011