Anthropogenic impact on the atmospheric microbiome

The atmosphere has undergone extensive physico-chemical change due to anthropogenic emissions. The impact on the ecology of the atmospheric microbiome has so far not been considered. Here, we define the scope of change to the atmosphere and identify potential microbial responses.

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Fig. 1: Anthropogenic impacts on the atmospheric microbiome.

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Archer, S.D.J., Pointing, S.B. Anthropogenic impact on the atmospheric microbiome. Nat Microbiol 5, 229–231 (2020).

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