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Title: The Correlation of Soil Algae, Airborne Algae, and Fern Spores with Meteorological Conditions on the Island of Hawaii
Authors: Carson, Johnny L.
Brown, R Malcolm Jr.
Issue Date: Apr-1976
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Carson JL, Brown RM Jr. 1976. The correlation of soil algae, airborne algae, and fern spores with meteorological conditions on the island of Hawaii. Pac Sci 30(2): 197-205.
Abstract: Correlations of the generic diversity of soil and airborne algae with
altitude on the island of Hawaii are noted. Distribution of the soil algae was determine
d by culturing an aqueous soil extract from designated altitudes on agarized
inorganic growth media. Distribution of airborne algae and fern spores was determined
by investigations of viable particulate impactions on the surface of agarized
inorganic growth media identical to that used in culturing the soil samples.
Little correlation occurs between the generic diversity of the airborne and soil
algae at corresponding altitudes, which suggests a cosmopolitan mixing of airborne
propagules that have been released from different altitudes. However, striking
relationships were noted in the quantitative determinations of airborne green and
blue-green algae and of fern spore impactions with the varying meteorological
conditions of rain, fog-mist, and clear, sunny conditions accompanying the
altitude change.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 30, Number 2, 1976

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