Journal article

A Large-Scale Survey of the Bacterial Communities in Lakes of Western Mongolia with Varying Salinity Regimes

Kshitij Tandon, Bayanmunkh Baatar, Pei-Wen Chiang, Narangarvuu Dashdondog, Bolormaa Oyuntsetseg, Sen-Lin Tang

MICROORGANISMS | MDPI | Published : 2020


In recent years, climate change coupled with anthropogenic activities has led to monumental changes in saline lakes which are rapidly drying up across the globe and particularly in Central Asia. The landlocked country of Mongolia is rich in lakes which have remained primarily undisturbed by human impact, and many of these lakes have varying salinity regimes and are located across various geographical landscapes. In this study, we sampled 18 lakes with varying salinity regimes (hyperhaline, mesohaline, oligohaline, and polyhaline) covering 7000 km of western Mongolia and its various geographical landscapes (Gobi Desert, forests, and steppe). We identified that the bacterial communities that d..

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Awarded by Taiwan-Mongolian Joint Project from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Taiwan-Mongolian Joint Project (NSC101-2923-B-001-003-MY3 and TWN_17/002) from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan and Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.