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BG | Volume 16, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 16, 3941–3958, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-3941-2019
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Biogeosciences, 16, 3941–3958, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-3941-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 14 Oct 2019

Research article | 14 Oct 2019

Microbial community composition and abundance after millennia of submarine permafrost warming

Julia Mitzscherling et al.
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Permafrost temperatures increased substantially at a global scale, potentially altering microbial assemblages involved in carbon mobilization before permafrost thaws. We used Arctic Shelf submarine permafrost as a natural laboratory to investigate the microbial response to long-term permafrost warming. Our work shows that millennia after permafrost warming by > 10 °C, microbial community composition and population size reflect the paleoenvironment rather than a direct effect through warming.
Permafrost temperatures increased substantially at a global scale, potentially altering...
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