Biogeography of unusual heat-loving bacteria in the Arctic sea floor provides insights into marine microbial dispersal

An international team around APRI group leader Alexander Loy and Albert Müller from the University of Vienna and scientists from the University of Aarhus in Denmark and the University of Newcastle in Great Britain investigated the global biogeography of spores of heat-loving bacteria in cold marine sediments as general indicators for marine microbial dispersal. Scientific focus was laid on two Arctic regions, the Baffin Bay west of Greenland and the fjords of Svalbard.