Airborne fungi in Longyearbyen area (Svalbard, Norway) — case study
Wojciech Pusz , Jacek Urbaniak
AbstractStudies on the presence of atmospheric fungi in both Arctic and Antarctic polar areas are rare, and many of them were carried out briefly. Currently, when climate change is a fact, polar areas may be subject to various changes and fluctuations, negatively affecting sensitive polar ecosystems. The paper presents the results of tests on presence of fungi in the air over 30 years after the last investigations at the Svalbard Archipelago. A total of fifteen taxa of fungi were isolated in area of Longyearbyen, the majority of which were saprotrophic fungi of the genus Cladosporium that are associated with dead organic matter. Therefore, the presence of this taxon may be a good bioindicator of changes occurring in the Arctic environment, indirectly indicating the melting of glaciers and exposing increasingly larger areas inhabited by microorganisms, including fungi, which increase in number in the air. Additionally, the number of tourists visiting Longyearbyen is increasing, which may significantly affect the number and type of fungi in the air.
|Journal series||Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, ISSN 0167-6369, e-ISSN 1573-2959, (N/A 70 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||Aeromycology; Airborne fungi; Arctic; Mycology; Svalbard|
|ASJC Classification||; ; ;|
|License||Journal (articles only); published final; ; with publication|
|Score||= 70.0, 25-05-2021, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 0; = 0; : 2018 = 1.01; : 2019 = 1.903 (2) - 2019=2.273 (5)|
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