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Trends and future challenges in sampling the deep terrestrial biosphere

Author(s): Wilkins, Michael J; Daly, Rebecca A; Mouser, Paula J; Trexler, Ryan; Sharma, Shihka; et al

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Abstract: Research in the deep terrestrial biosphere is driven by interest in novel biodiversity and metabolisms, biogeochemical cycling, and the impact of human activities on this ecosystem. As this interest continues to grow, it is important to ensure that when subsurface investigations are proposed, materials recovered from the subsurface are sampled and preserved in an appropriate manner to limit contamination and ensure preservation of accurate microbial, geochemical, and mineralogical signatures. On February 20th, 2014, a workshop on “Trends and Future Challenges in Sampling The Deep Subsurface” was coordinated in Columbus, Ohio by The Ohio State University and West Virginia University faculty, and sponsored by The Ohio State University and the Sloan Foundation’s Deep Carbon Observatory. The workshop aims were to identify and develop best practices for the collection, preservation, and analysis of terrestrial deep rock samples. This document summarizes the information shared during this workshop.
Publication Date: 12-Sep-2014
Citation: Wilkins, Michael J., Rebecca Daly, Paula J. Mouser, Ryan Trexler, Kelly C. Wrighton, Shikha Sharma, David R. Cole et al. "Trends and future challenges in sampling the deep terrestrial biosphere." Frontiers in Microbiology 5 (2014): 481. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2014.00481.
DOI: doi:10.3389/fmicb.2014.00481
EISSN: 1664-302X
Language: eng
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Frontiers in Microbiology
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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