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Ecophysiological experiments on the springtail Gressitacantha terranova to determine genetic variation, antifreeze proteins and cold tolerance studies
Entry ID: K066_2007_2008_NZ_1

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Summary
Abstract: This study sought to carry out primary ecophysiological experiments - cold tolerance - on the springtail Gressitacantha terranova. Bulk collections were made using aspirators and paintbrushes from under rocks in the foothills surrounding Gondwana Station, to assay for and isolate an antifreeze protein. Samples were also collected for investigation of genetic variation (DNA isolated and patterns of variation analysed) across an altitudinal transect. A portion of collected animals were assayed for cold tolerance (critical thermal minima and crystallisation temperature) using cold stage microscopy and PicoLoggers. An alcohol bath was used to control cooling of samples. This is the first study of its kind in Antarctic Collembola.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -74.38   S: -74.38   E: 164.13   W: 164.13

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2007-11-01
Stop Date: 2007-12-15
ISO Topic Category
Data Set Progress
IN WORK
Originating Center
Data Center
Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/

Data Center Personnel
Name: SHULAMIT GORDON
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
Personnel
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: +64 3 479 7570
Fax: +64 3 4797866
Email: craig.marshall at stonebow.otago.ac.nz
Contact Address:
Department of Biochemistry
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin
Country: NEW ZEALAND
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-06-02
Last DIF Revision Date: 2008-09-22

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