Modelling the effect of size on the aerial dispersal of microorganisms
Aim We investigate the long-standing question of whether the small size of microbes allows most microbial species to colonize all suitable sites around the globe or whether their ranges are limited by opportunities for dispersal. In this study we use a modelling approach to investigate the effect of size on the probability of between-continent dispersal using virtual microorganisms in a global model of the Earths atmosphere.
Keywords: Aerial dispersal ; atmospheric circulation model ; biogeography ; dispersal ; microorganisms ; size ; testate amoebae ; wind ; Long-Distance Dispersal ; Living Terrestrial Protists ; Gocart Model ; Desert Dust ; Biogeography ; Diversity ; Transport ; Protozoa ; Wind ; Soil
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