MicrobeWorld App


Microbes After Hours

Click for "Microbes After Hours" videos

Agar Art Contest 2016


Featured Image

Featured Video


Join MicrobeWorld


ASM House 200X200

Subscribe via Email


30,000 feet up, these bacteria aren't afraid of heights

From ocean floors to office desks, bacteria coat nearly every inch of the Earth. Scientists have recently discovered bacteria are present high above the Earth, as well. Ten kilometers up, to be exact, in a region of our atmosphere known as the upper troposphere. In a place where freezing temperatures, high ozone concentrations and intense UV radiation are toxic for most life, to say nothing of the gravity issue, communities of microorganisms make a home. Furthermore, the “microbiome” of the upper troposphere may play an important role in the formation of clouds and precipitation, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.

Click the source link to read the full story.

For daily microbe tweets, follow the author on twitter @themadstone

Comments (0)

Collections (0)


American Society for Microbiology
2012 1752 N Street, N.W. • Washington, DC 20036-2904 • (202) 737-3600
American Society For Microbiology © 2014   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms of Use