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Systematic survey and abundance investigations of the algae in the meltpools of the McMurdo Ice Shelf
Entry ID: K053_1987_1988_NZ_1

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Abstract: A qualitative and quantitative survey was made of algae in aquatic habitats on the McMurdo Ice Shelf. The majority of the work was conducted in eight ponds of diverse chemical characteristics in the vicinity of Bratina Island off the northen tip of Brown Peninsula. Samples material removed from ponds and streams at six widely separated locations on the ice shelf were also examined. Detailed ... View entire text
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Description: The algae culture collection is stored in a -20 freezer at the Molecular Laboratory and Allan Herbarium at Landcare Research, New Zealand. It is unknown what cultures are still viable and what species are available. The lab has PC2 containment and transfers have to be done according to Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) protocol. Contact Phil Novis: for more information.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -78.02   S: -78.02   E: 165.53   W: 165.53

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1987-12-23
Stop Date: 1988-01-28
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Quality Some cultures may still exist and are held by Landcare Research, New Zealand. The quality of these cultures is unknown.
Field notebooks, diaries, etc are retained by the investigator.
Access Constraints If the cultures are wanted to be transeferred from Landcare Research, the receiving lab needs to have the necessary containment certification (i.e. PC2 containment) and transfers have to be done according to MAF protocol. Otherwise the work needs to be done in the Landcare Research Molecular lab.
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Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 364 2525
Fax: +64 3 364 2590
Email: paul.broady at
Contact Address:
School of Biological Sciences
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
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Broady, P.A. Vincent, W.F. Life in land, ice and inland water habitats. In: Antarctica: the Ross Sea region.Hatherton T. (ed) Wellington: DSIR Publishing. 1990. pp.176-194 [DSIR information series: 165] ISBN 0477025862

Broady, P.A. Diversity, distribution and dispersal of Antarctic terrestrial algae. Biodiversity and conservation 5(11): 1307-1335, 1996.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-01-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24