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Mycelial fungi in cryopegs

  • S.M. Ozerskaya (a1), N.E. Ivanushkina (a1), G.A. Kochkina (a1), R.N. Fattakhova (a2) and D.A. Gilichinsky (a2)...


Mycelial fungi from cryopegs (tundra, Kolyma lowland, Russia) have been studied. The use of media with different amounts of salt and cultivation at 4 and 25 °C allowed us to isolate filamentous fungi assigned to 11 species. The micromycetes of genus Geomyces were found most often. The total amount of fungi reached 1–4×102 CFU ml−1 of water. The extreme conditions of the cryopegs – the high salinity of the water (150–200 g l−1) and the constant low temperatures (average annual temperature is from −9 to −11 °C) – might serve as a model for the conditions of interplanetary environments.


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International Journal of Astrobiology
  • ISSN: 1473-5504
  • EISSN: 1475-3006
  • URL: /core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobiology
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