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Introducing the Atacama Desert

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alan Bull, Professor Michael Goodfellow



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Springer Netherlands, 2018.

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© 2018 Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature This brief introduction is intended to orientate the reader with respect to the principal environmental and historical features of the Atacama Desert, the oldest and continuously driest non-polar temperate desert on Earth. Exploration of its microbiology is relatively recent but both fundamental and applied research activities have grown dramatically in recent years reflecting the substantial interest in its microbial diversity, ecology, biogeochemistry, natural product potential and Mars-analogue properties of this unique and invigorating environment.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bull AT, Andrews BA, Dorador C, Goodfellow M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Year: 2018

Volume: 111

Issue: 8

Pages: 1269–1272

Print publication date: 01/08/2018

Online publication date: 26/05/2018

Acceptance date: 15/05/2018

Date deposited: 31/07/2018

ISSN (print): 0003-6072

ISSN (electronic): 1572-9699

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1007/s10482-018-1100-2


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