IEDA
Project Information
Methylmercury in Antarctic Krill Microbiomes
Start Date:
2017-08-15
End Date:
2018-11-30
Program:
LTER
Description/Abstract
The goal of this project was to conduct a preliminary assessment of gut microbiomes in Antarctic krill (Euphasia superba) collected in coastal waters west of the Antarctic Peninsula and identify organisms potentially capable of catalyzing the production of methylmercury. DNA was extracted from composite krill digestive tracts and eukaryotic DNA removed. Prokaryotic microbial DNA extracted from krill digestive tracts was sequenced and gene libraries were constructed. Genera of anaerobic microorganisms which are known to support mercury methylation were identified.
Personnel
Person Role
Schaefer, Jeffra Co-Investigator
Reinfelder, John Investigator and contact
Barkar, T. Co-Investigator
Funding
Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Award # 1543412
AMD - DIF Record(s)
Data Management Plan
None in the Database