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Article: Non-indigenous microorganisms in the Antarctic: Assessing the risks

TitleNon-indigenous microorganisms in the Antarctic: Assessing the risks
Authors
Issue Date2011
PublisherElsevier Ltd, Trends Journals. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/tim
Citation
Trends In Microbiology, 2011, v. 19 n. 11, p. 540-548 How to Cite?
AbstractThe Antarctic continent is frequently cited as the last pristine continent on Earth. However, this view is misleading for several reasons. First, there has been a rapid increase in visitors to Antarctica, with large increases at research bases and their environs and to sites of major tourist interest (e.g. historical sites and concentrations of megafauna). Second, although substantial efforts are made to avoid physical disturbance and contamination by chemical, human and other wastes at these sites, little has been done to prevent the introduction of non-indigenous microorganisms. Here, we analyse the extent and significance of anthropogenic introduction of microbial 'contaminants' to the Antarctic continent. We conclude that such processes are unlikely to have any immediate gross impact on microbiological community structure or function, but that increased efforts are required to protect the unique ecosystems of Antarctica from microbial and genetic contamination and homogenisation. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/179258
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2015 Impact Factor: 9.5
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 5.285
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dc.contributor.authorCowan, DAen_US
dc.contributor.authorChown, SLen_US
dc.contributor.authorConvey, Pen_US
dc.contributor.authorTuffin, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Ken_US
dc.contributor.authorPointing, Sen_US
dc.contributor.authorVincent, WFen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-19T09:53:26Z-
dc.date.available2012-12-19T09:53:26Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationTrends In Microbiology, 2011, v. 19 n. 11, p. 540-548en_US
dc.identifier.issn0966-842Xen_US
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dc.description.abstractThe Antarctic continent is frequently cited as the last pristine continent on Earth. However, this view is misleading for several reasons. First, there has been a rapid increase in visitors to Antarctica, with large increases at research bases and their environs and to sites of major tourist interest (e.g. historical sites and concentrations of megafauna). Second, although substantial efforts are made to avoid physical disturbance and contamination by chemical, human and other wastes at these sites, little has been done to prevent the introduction of non-indigenous microorganisms. Here, we analyse the extent and significance of anthropogenic introduction of microbial 'contaminants' to the Antarctic continent. We conclude that such processes are unlikely to have any immediate gross impact on microbiological community structure or function, but that increased efforts are required to protect the unique ecosystems of Antarctica from microbial and genetic contamination and homogenisation. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Ltd, Trends Journals. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/timen_US
dc.relation.ispartofTrends in Microbiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshAntarctic Regionsen_US
dc.subject.meshClimate Changeen_US
dc.subject.meshEcosystemen_US
dc.subject.meshEnvironmental Microbiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshEnvironmental Pollutionen_US
dc.subject.meshHuman Activitiesen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshIntroduced Speciesen_US
dc.titleNon-indigenous microorganisms in the Antarctic: Assessing the risksen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.tim.2011.07.008en_US
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