Microbiological study of the dripping waters in Altamira cave (Santillana del Mar, Spain)

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Microbiological study of the dripping waters in Altamira cave (Santillana del Mar, Spain)
Series Title:
Journal of Microbiological Methods
Creator:
Laiz, L.
Groth, I.
Gonzalez, I.
Saiz-Jimenez, C.
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English

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Dripping Water ( local )
Enterobacteriaceae ( local )
Vibrionaceae ( local )
Streptomyces ( local )
Crystal Formation ( local )
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serial ( sobekcm )

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Abstract:
The culturable microbial populations in dripping waters from Altamira cave were studied and compared with those of the ceiling rock. Water communities have low proportions of gram-positive bacteria, and are mainly composed of gram-negative rods and cocci (Enterobacteriaceae and Vibrionaceae), while those of ceiling rocks are mainly Streptomyces spp. The community differences are probably related to environmental cave conditions: high humidity, relatively low and stable temperature, water pH close to neutrality and nature of the organic matter. All these factors seem to favor colonization and long-term growth of actinomycetes over other heterotrophic bacteria on ceiling rocks.
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Journal of Microbiological Methods, Vol. 36, no. 1-2 (1999-05-01).

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