Welcome to Drivers of Microbial Diversity

Recent discoveries have transformed our view of microbial ecology in the soils of Antarctic Dry Valleys, which evidently harbour significant and extremely localised microbial genetic diversities that are heterogeneous across physicochemical gradients. We seek to elucidate how local abiotic factors, which are reflective of historical and ongoing geological processes, influence ecologically relevant Dry Valley microbiota.

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Find out about the mission: Abiotically Driven Biocomplexity in the Antarctic Dry Valleys


Meet the scientists working on the project: Drivers of Microbial Diversity


Find out about the special technology required when working in the extreme environments of Antarctica.


Find out all about the unique world of Antarctica and the Dry Valleys

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