Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
Research article
07 Feb 2017
Research article |  | 07 Feb 2017

Sedimentary ancient DNA and pollen reveal the composition of plant organic matter in Late Quaternary permafrost sediments of the Buor Khaya Peninsula (north-eastern Siberia)

Heike Hildegard Zimmermann, Elena Raschke, Laura Saskia Epp, Kathleen Rosmarie Stoof-Leichsenring, Georg Schwamborn, Lutz Schirrmeister, Pier Paul Overduin, and Ulrike Herzschuh


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (12 Dec 2016) by Victor Brovkin
AR by Heike Hildegard Zimmermann on behalf of the Authors (26 Dec 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (11 Jan 2017) by Victor Brovkin
Short summary
Organic matter stored in permafrost will start decomposing due to climate warming. To better understand its composition in ice-rich Yedoma, we analyzed ancient sedimentary DNA, pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs throughout an 18.9 m long permafrost core. The combination of both proxies allow an interpretation both of regional floristic changes and of the local environmental conditions at the time of deposition.
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