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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Linking metagenomics and microscopy to investigate the formation of aggregates of glacial materials on Svalbard. RiS ID 12117

Awarded: NOK 63,999

Little is known about the formation of cryoconite – aggregates of mineral particles and microbes held together by exopolymeric substances (EPS) - on glaciers. This project will investigate the different microbial communities found in different sedimental structures throughout a polar year on Foxfonna. Genetic analyses (metagenomics) together with high resolution microscopy analyses (raster electron microscopy and laser scanning microscopy) will be used to study the aggregation state and address the occurrence and characteristics of the EPS involved in connection to the prevalent microbial community.

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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum