Wind Transports Microbial Life into the Atacama Desert

Testing for microbial life in the Atacama dessert. Photo by Margarita Azua, courtesy of Armando Azua-Bustos.

I just learned that microbes can hitch a ride on dust particles, getting lifted and transported long distances by strong winds. This discovery, published by Armando Azua-Bustos et al. in Scientific Reports last week, ticks all the boxes on my list of interests. Naturally, I asked Armando if he would be…



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