Monday, April 28, 2008

Kalahari carbon dioxide

Jackal in Kalahari courtesy of Roger Heath, 2007

A recent story on the Science Daily web site reported research about the contribution of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere from cyanobacteria in Kalahari sands. Description of the research from Manchester Metropolitan University was shared at the Society for General Microbiology's 162nd meeting. Drought resistant bacteria can fix atmospheric carbon dioxide, and together they add significant quantities of organic matter to nutrient deficient sands. The 2008 Royal Geographical Society Peter Fleming Award was won by Dr Andrew Thomas and Dr Steve Hoon for this work.

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