In the 1989-1990 season collecting trips were made to the Kukri Hills and to Mt. Falconer to prepare an initial species list of the Lower Taylor Valley. In the 2002-2003 season walking trips were made throughout the Lower Taylor Valley to discover the distribution and identity of lichen and mosses in the area. A survey was carried out on the valley floor and on the approaches to Mt Falconer and the Nussbaumriegel for endolithic algae. Hypolithic algae (underneath the rock along the interface with soil) growth of cyanobacteria on translucent quartz rocks were found frequently on the valley floor. A large biomass of photoautotrophic organisms living in rocks that had not previously been discovered was surveyed. Samples were collected for cultivation and molecular methods of investigation.
All data is held by the investigator. Please contact Professor Allan Green for more information.
The plant collections (~30,000 mosses, liverwort and lichens collected by Professor Rod Seppelt from Antarctica and sub-Antarctic Islands) are housed in the Australian Antarctic Division herbarium. This herbarium is being formerly transferred to the Tasmanian Herbarium. As ... specimens are fully incorporated into the herbarium (ADT) the data is automatically sent to and held in the Antarctic Database at the Australian Antarctic Division Data Centre. The data is currently in two separate databases, one which searchable and the other is in the process of being moved over.
For more information or access to samples, please contact:
Professor Rod Seppelt Principal Research Scientist Australian Antarctic Division Channel highway Kingston 7050 Tasmania, Australia ph: +61 (03) 6232 3438 fax: +61 (03) 6232 3449 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org