Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Inspiring Science: Skybugs: ecosystems above & below

I’ve already written several times about the bacteria in the clouds and what they do up there, but a new study from the Georgia Institue of Technology in Atlanta has described the communities formed by the bugs in the sky. In their paper, the researchers detailed the communities of skybugs and how their composition is affected by storms, giving us a better understanding of life in the sky. Not only might this help us better understand atmospheric chemistry, but it may also shed further light on how microbes spread, which could impact the dispersedynamics of everything from ecosystems to diseases.

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