Navigation Links
University of Alberta scientists get dirty at the Robson Glacier
Date:7/24/2013

Glacier retreat areas provide an excellent window into the evolution of microbial communities, an ideal opportunity for scientists to study how quickly soil biological functions become established and how ecosystems begin to form. Soils are not static in the landscape, but instead evolve with time under the influence of multiple environmental factors understanding how these factors interact can lead to advancements in the science and management of soils.

Aria Hahn and Dr. Sylvie Quideau, researchers at the University of Alberta, conducted their research in Mount Robson Provincial Park along the Robson Glacier in British Columbia. Standing 3954 m tall, Mount Robson is the highest point in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and supports a large ice- and snowfield. Their study was published today in the Canadian Journal of Soil Science.

"We are excited to present some of the first data documenting microbial community diversity, biomass and function along a 100-year-old soil chronosequence in a Canadian glacier retreat area," says Dr. Quideau. "These beautiful natural wonders provide an excellent opportunity to study the development of soils and the microbial communities that live within them."

Hahn and Quideau measured soil microbial community composition and functional diversity, and determined the influence of Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii Parry) and yellow mountain avens (Dryas drummondii Rich.) on soil microbial community succession along the glacier chronosequence. They found that while soil microbial composition remained relatively stable, total biomass and fungal activity of the community responded to changes in the soil environment and increased as the soil aged.

Correlations between microbial respiration of carbon substrates with the soil nitrogen content indicated that the soil microbial community was influencing changes in the soil environment. Yellow mountain avens, a plant known to support nitrogen fixation, increased soil microbial biomass, although this effect took 40 years after deglaciation to emerge.

"Soils and their inhabiting microbes differ greatly among glacier sites around the Earth. We believe that by understanding the natural phenomena in glaciers here at home, we can not only advance the management of Canadian ecosystems but also contribute valuable knowledge to the global community."


'/>"/>

Contact: Jenny Ryan
jenny.ryan@nrcresearchpress.com
Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press)
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Antiviral enzyme contributes to several forms of cancer, University of Minnesota researchers say
2. Chapman University unearths data in animal habitat selection that counters current convention
3. Saint Louis University researchers discover a way to detect new viruses
4. University of Toronto breakthrough allows fast, reliable pathogen identification
5. Georgia State University research finds Clean Air Act increased Atlanta rainfall
6. University of Edinburgh
7. University of Wisconsin chemists find new compounds to curb staph infection
8. University of Maryland Medical Center launches genetic-testing program for cardiac patients
9. University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers find potential novel treatment for influenza
10. University of Houston engineering professor awarded grant to study melanoma treatment
11. Saint Louis University, University of Toronto biologists help decode turtle genome
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/30/2017)... The research team of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University ... adopting ground breaking 3D fingerprint minutiae recovery and matching technology, pushing ... for use in identification, crime investigation, immigration control, security of access ... ... A research team led by Dr Ajay ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... 29, 2017  higi, the health IT company that ... North America , today announced a Series B ... of EveryMove. The new investment and acquisition accelerates higi,s ... to transform population health activities through the collection and ... higi collects and secures data today on behalf ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... March 27, 2017  Catholic Health Services (CHS) ... Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics for achieving Stage 6 ... sm . In addition, CHS previously earned a ... using an electronic medical record (EMR). ... level of EMR usage in an outpatient setting.  ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2017)... Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2017 ... ... of Firmex FileSend, a cloud-based file transfer solution that makes it easy for ... firewall without having to worry about cumbersome FTP software or email file size ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... Ca (PRWEB) , ... May ... ... (PSCs) offer an unlimited source of human cardiovascular cells for research and ... differentiation methods makes it possible to generate large numbers of cardiomyocytes (hPSC-CMs). ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... NetDimensions has been ranked as a Leader ... Corporate Learning, 2017. , Aragon Research defines Leaders as organizations who possess comprehensive ... those strategies. NetDimensions’ ranking as a Leader due to its strengths in: , ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... PARK, CA (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2017 , ... ... the publication of “Label-free isolation of prostate circulating tumor cells using Vortex microfluidic ... is the result of a collaboration with Dr. Dino Di Carlo and Dr. Matthew ...
Breaking Biology Technology: