Fungi isolates from physical samples (soil, rock, wood, foodstuff, air, artifacts, etc) from heroic era sites in the Ross Sea Region to determine fungal biodiversity
Entry ID: K021_1998_2008_NZ_1

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Abstract: Physical samples of soil, rocks, wood, foodstuffs, air and artefacts were collected from six Heroic era sites in the Ross Sea Region over the period of January 1999 to January 2008. These sites included the three historic huts at Hut Point, Cape Evans and Cape Royds on Ross Island (from 1998-2008), the historic hut at Cape Adare (2002-2003), the rock hut at Cape Crozier (2000-2001) and the Granite ... 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 Zealand
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -71.3   S: -77.85   E: 169.4   W: 162.53

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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The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
City: Hamilton
Postal Code: 3105
Country: New Zealand
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Blanchette, R.A., Held, B.W., Arenz, B.E., Jurgens, J.A., Baltes, N.J., Duncan, S.M. and Farrell, R.L. 2010. An Antarctic hot spot for fungi at Shackleton???s historic hut on Cape Royds. Microbial Ecology 60(1): 29-38. doi: 10.1007/s00248-010-9664z
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-06-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-08-30
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