Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Research article
26 Jan 2024
Research article |  | 26 Jan 2024

Continental scientific drilling and microbiology: (extremely) low biomass in bedrock of central Sweden

George Westmeijer, Cristina Escudero, Claudia Bergin, Stephanie Turner, Magnus Ståhle, Maliheh Mehrshad, Prune Leroy, Moritz Buck, Pilar López-Hernández, Jens Kallmeyer, Ricardo Amils, Stefan Bertilsson, and Mark Dopson

Model code and software

geweaa/fractures: Biogeosciences geweaa


COSC-2 borehole Henning Lorenz, Jan-Erik Rosberg, Christopher Juhlin, Iwona Klonowska, Rodolphe Lescoutre, George Westmeijer, Bjarne S. G. Almqvist, Mark Anderson, Stefan Bertilsson, Mark Dopson, Jens Kallmeyer, Jochem Kück, Oliver Lehnert, Luca Menegon, Christophe Pascal, Simon Rejkjær, and Nick N. W. Roberts ICDP5054EH40001

Short summary
Rock cores down to 2250 m depth, groundwater-bearing fractures, and drilling fluid were sampled for DNA to characterize the subsurface microbial community. In general, microbial biomass was extremely low despite the employment of detection methods widespread in low-biomass environments. The described contamination control measures could support future sampling efforts, and our findings emphasize the use of sequencing extraction controls.
Final-revised paper