Sunday, March 04, 2018

Glaciers provide clues to combat desertification

Understanding how bacteria help convert glacier bedrock into soil could help address desertification.

The bacterial content of the soil forming behind a receding Arctic glacier could inform attempts for the rehabilitation of lands undergoing desertification in the Middle East.
Researchers at KAUST, with colleagues in Italy and Greece, analyzed the bacterial content of the soil forming behind the receding Midtre Lovénbreen Arctic glacier in the island of Svalbard, Norway, one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas.

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Image: Daffonchio (left), Fusi and Marasco (right) collect soil and rhizosphere samples from plants for microbiological analyses.