Congratulations to John Pearman (Cawthron) and co-authors for their paper “Local factors drive bacterial and microeukaryotic community composition in lake surface sediment collected across an altitudinal gradient,” which was published in FEMS Microbiology Ecology.
The manuscript investigates microorganisms that live in the surface sediment of lakes in the Southland region. It draws on the analysis of DNA from surface sediment samples collected from 40 lakes along an altitude gradient (2–1,200 m). The study identified a diverse range of microbes and showed that each lake has a unique community. Local environmental conditions such as nutrients were more important than altitude in explaining why the communities differed between lakes.
See the abstract here