Articles | Volume 18, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 18, 4351–4367, 2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 4351–4367, 2021

Research article 27 Jul 2021

Research article | 27 Jul 2021

Determining the hierarchical order by which the variables of sampling period, dust outbreak occurrence, and sampling location can shape the airborne bacterial communities in the Mediterranean basin

Riccardo Rosselli et al.

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The bacteria carried by winds over the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea were collected, and their identities were investigated by reading DNA sequences. The sampling period was the factor that most determined the airborne species composition as its role was stronger than that of dust-carrying storms and of the geographical position of the sampling station. The bacteria found when the sampling was performed in September had more species variety than those collected in May.
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