Details

Title

An analysis of fungal propagules transported to the Henryk Arctowski Antarctic Station

Journal title

Polish Polar Research

Yearbook

2013

Numer

No 3

Publication authors

Keywords

Antarctic ; fungal propagules ; unintentional transport

Divisions of PAS

Nauki o Ziemi

Coverage

269-278

Abstract

During three austral summer seasons, dust and soil from clothes, boots and equipment of members of scientific expeditions and tourists visiting the Polish Antarctic Station Henryk Arctowski were collected and analysed for the presence of fungal propagules. Of a total of 60 samples, 554 colonies of fungi belonging to 19 genera were identified. Colonies of the genus Cladosporium , Penicillium and non−sporulating fungus ( Mycelia sterilia ) dominated in the examined samples. The microbiological assessment of air for the presence of fungi was also conducted at two points in the station building and two others outside the station. A total of 175 fungal colonies belonging to six genera were isolated. Colonies of the genus Penicillium were the commonest in the air samples. The potential epidemiological consequences for indigenous species as a result of unintentional transport of fungal propagules to the Antarctic biome are discussed in the light of rapid climate change in some parts of the Ant − arctic and adaptation of fungi to extreme conditions.

Publisher

Committee on Polar Research ; Polish Academy of Sciences

Date

2013

Type

Artykuły / Articles

Identifier

ISSN 0138-0338 ; eISSN 2081-8262

DOI

10.2478/popore−2013−0015

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