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
CountryAustralia
CityHamilton Isl
Period8/07/0212/07/02

Keywords

  • ARCHAEAL DIVERSITY
  • SP-NOV

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