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Neither Cold Nor Snow Stops Tundra Fungi

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Science  05 Sep 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5638, pp. 1307
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5638.1307a

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Until recently, researchers thought that cold temperatures suspended metabolism and growth of microorganisms in tundra soil communities. Now on page 1359, a team of researchers reports huge numbers and new kinds of microscopic fungi under the snow.