Isolated fungi from physical samples collected from four sites, two with human impact and two with little human influence to assess fungal biodiversity and the impact of humans
Entry ID: K021_1998_2008_NZ_3

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Abstract: Physical samples of soil, rocks, wood, foodstuffs, air and artifacts were collected over the period of 2001-2006 from four sites in Ross Sea Region, including two sites with human impact (influence) and two sites with little human influence. The two sites of human impact include Cape Hallet and New Harbour. Cape Hallet (2005-2006), is the site of a large penguin colony, a large plant community ... View entire text
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Description: Fungi cultures were sent to Zygem Pharmaceuticals for research. The ANTARCTIC BIOPROSPECTOR website provides details of research and commercialised products arising from biological samples that were sourced from the Antarctic region. This record ID number is 79. Alternatively use the Quick Search Function and enter Antarctic culture collection, Organisation Name = Zygem and Government = New
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -77.32   S: -77.57   E: 163.5   W: 158.8

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1999-01-17
Stop Date: 2008-01-24
Quality Collected specimens and isolate samples are all held at the University of Waikato Antarctic Fungal Collection, PC2 facility as frozen glycerols at -80C. There are approximately 2,700 isolates. Approx 1,350 specimen were transferred to ZyGEM Corp Ltd, Culture Collection. Personal notebooks are held by the investigator. Physical samples of wood are held at the University of Minnesota and University of Waikato. Please contact the investigator for further information.
Access Constraints Culture at the University of Waikato are used for research purposes and are also linked with Zygem Pharmaceuticals for research and are therefore not publically available. Please contact the investigator for more information.
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Data Center
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 7 838 4704
Fax: +64 7 838 4976
Email: r.farrell at
Contact Address:
Department of Biological Sciences
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
City: Hamilton
Postal Code: 3105
Country: New Zealand
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Held, B. W., Jurgens, J. A., Duncan, S. M., Farrell, R. L., Blanchette, R. A. 2006. Assessment of fungal diversity and deterioration in a wooden structure at New Harbor, Antarctica. Polar Biology, DOI: 10.1007/s00300-005-0084-3.

Arenza, B.E., Held, B.W., Jurgens, J.A., Farrell, R.L. & Blanchette, R.A. 2006. Fungal diversity in soils and historic wood from the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 38,3057-3064.
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DIF Creation Date: 2004-06-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-01-26
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