Mosses were sampled from the Canada Glacier flush area, Taylor Valley, for included animals (major groups of microfauna in Antarctica are the protozoa, nematoda, tardigrada and rotifers) to attempt to relate their occurrence to either moss species or some environmental factor. Mosses were sampled by coring (10mm diameter) with the cores being subdivided into three layers 5mm thick. Cores were wetted and held at 2°C for one hour. Animal counts were made by microscope. Transects were surveyed across the flush and diel runs made to discover changes in numbers through the day.
The data is reported in the publications. Please contact the investigator for more information.
The plant collections (~30,000 mosses, liverwort and lichens collected by Professor Rod Seppelt from Antarctica and sub-Antarctic Islands) are housed in the Australian Antarctic Division herbarium. This herbarium is being formerly transferred to the Tasmanian Herbarium. As ... specimens are fully incorporated into the herbarium (ADT) the data is automatically sent to and held in the Antarctic Database at the Australian Antarctic Division Data Centre. The data is currently in two separate databases, one which searchable and the other is in the process of being moved over.
For more information or access to samples, please contact:
Professor Rod Seppelt Principal Research Scientist Australian Antarctic Division Channel highway Kingston 7050 Tasmania, Australia ph: +61 (03) 6232 3438 fax: +61 (03) 6232 3449 e-mail: email@example.com