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Keyword: spring snowpacks

Distribution and abundance of microbial biomass in Rocky Mountain spring snowpacks

Publications Posted on: May 28, 2015
Snowpacks in both Colorado and Wyoming were sampled on 15 dates for total microbial biomass, ratio of bacteria to fungi, and major inorganic ions. Levels of viable microbial biomass remained low throughout the period, peaking at 0.05 micrograms carbon/mi. Microscopic analyses indicated this biomass was composed primarily of bacteria. Fungi were not detected in samples taken at or above treeline.