The microbial community of a radon hot spring

Roberto P. Anitori, Cherida Trott, David J. Saul, Peter L. Bergquist, MR Walter

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    Abstract

    Paralana is an active, radon-containing hot spring situated in a region of South Australia's Flinders Ranges with a long history of hydrothermal activity. Gas bubbling into the pool is composed of radon (from the radioactive decay of radium), nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and trace helium and hydrogen. The microbial composition of mat and biofilm samples from Paralana was determined using culture-independent 16S rRNA techniques. We have previously demonstrated that the hot spring contains a diverse bacterial community. Here we summarise these findings and report on the Archaea identified in Paralana. Archaeal inhabitants include members of the Crenarchaeota and Euryarchaeota kingdoms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBioastronomy 2002
    Subtitle of host publicationlife among the stars
    EditorsRP Norris, FH Stootman
    Place of PublicationSan Francisco, CA
    PublisherASTRONOMICAL SOC PACIFIC
    Pages374-380
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)1583811710
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    Event213th Symposium of the International-Astronomical-Union on Bioastronomy 2002 - Hamilton Isl, Australia
    Duration: 8 Jul 200212 Jul 2002

    Publication series

    NameIAU SYMPOSIA
    PublisherASTRONOMICAL SOC PACIFIC
    ISSN (Print)0074-1809

    Conference

    Conference213th Symposium of the International-Astronomical-Union on Bioastronomy 2002
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    CityHamilton Isl
    Period8/07/0212/07/02

    Keywords

    • ARCHAEAL DIVERSITY
    • SP-NOV

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