Clarification of microbial community structures around Antarctic lakes

A research team lead by Toyohashi University of Technology has revealed the community structure of microorganisms living around freshwater lakes, ice-free areas of Antarctica. An analysis of samples collected from lake shores, puddles, etc. using a next-generation sequencer has verified that cyanobacteria and tardigrades are widely distributed and specific eukaryotic algae are dominant in certain sites. This knowledge will contribute to clarification of adaptation mechanisms of microorganisms to severe physical stresses in Antarctica.