KOREA INSTITUTE OF GEOSCIENCE AND MINERAL RESOURCES
THE WORLD'S LEADING RESEARCH
INSTITUTE OF GEOSCIENCE
CHARACTERIZATION OF MICROBIAL DIVERSITY IN GROUNDWATER DEPENDENT ECOSYSTEM
Microorganisms play a critical role in ecosystem functioning by mediating biogeochemical processes in subsurface environments. The natural ecology of groundwater is, therefore, an important factor for determining the biogeochemical cycling of elements and the water quality, as well as the contamination levels of aquifers. The bacterial community structures in Geum-river basin groundwater were investigated on a regional scale using high-throughput sequencing technologies. The overall knowledge gained during this study provides novel insight into groundwater ecosystems and will contribute to the fundamental data for the sustainable management of groundwater.
Fig. 1. Spatial distribution of microbial communities in Geum-river basin groundwater at the phylum level.