A detailed study of far south ecosystems was conducted at La Gorce Mountains and nearby nunataks. A general biological survey was carried out describing the occurrence of any organisms encountered and specimens were collected for identification. Soil samples were also taken for algae and fungi content and water samples from ponds for chemical analysis. 138 triplicate samples were microscopically examined and cultured for identification of microalgae. From a cap on Robinson Glacier, nunataks to the immediate north (Mt Bowlin, Mt Noville, Mt Suarez, Mt Roland, Szacho Bluff and Price Bluff) and to Mt Mooney to the south of the camp were visited.
The algae culture collection is stored in a -20 freezer at the Molecular Laboratory and Allan Herbarium at Landcare Research, New Zealand. The lab has PC2 containment and transfers have to be done according to Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) protocol. Contact Phil Novis: NovisP@landcareresearch.co.nz for more information.
Some cultures may still exist and are held by Landcare Research, New Zealand. The quality of these cultures is unknown. Field notebooks, diaries, etc are retained by the investigator.
If the cultures are wanted to be transeferred from Landcare Research, the receiving lab needs to have the necessary containment certification (i.e. PC2 containment) and transfers have to be done according to MAF protocol. Otherwise the work needs to be done in the Landcare Research Molecular lab