Session 1.3.3, Polar Microbes, Genetics, and Molecular Biology, IPY 2012 Meeting

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Session 1.3.3, Polar Microbes, Genetics, and Molecular Biology, IPY 2012 Meeting

Trista Vick

Dear cryolist,

We would like to draw your attention to Session 1.3.3:  Polar Microbes, Genetics, and Molecular Biology at the IPY Montreal 2012: From Knowledge to Action Conference in Montreal, Canada from 22-27 April 2012. Abstracts are now being accepted and the final date for submission is 30 September 2011. For more information on the conference, visit:

Polar Microbes, Genetics, and Molecular Biology

Microbes are important players in Polar habitats. They are major drivers of biogeochemical cycles in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. In the Arctic, for example, the thawing of permafrost could lead to dramatic increases in microbial activities and carbon decomposition with subsequent release of greenhouse gases. In the Antarctic, microorganisms are important in mediating nutrient cycling in surface lakes and subglacial environments. Understanding microbial populations and metabolisms is therefore necessary for determining the biogeochemistry in Polar ecosystems. In addition, survival mechanisms of microbes exposed to sub-zero conditions or freeze-thaw cycles contribute to our understanding of the resilience of life and to advances in biotechnology and astrobiology. This session will include current work in microbial ecology, microbial diversity, biogeography, genetics and metabolisms and is concerned with modern molecular tools such as genomics, metagenomics, or next generation sequencing as well as classical genetics and molecular techniques.

We hope you consider submitting an abstract and attending the IPY Montreal 2012 Conference.



Carlos Pedrós-Alió, (Spain) [hidden email]
Yoo Kyung Lee, (Korea) [hidden email]

Trista Vick (United States) [hidden email]


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