This chapter addresses long-range dispersion and the survival of microorganisms across a wide range of altitudes in Earth's atmosphere. Topics include mechanisms of dispersion, survivability of microorganisms known to be associated with long-range transport, natural and artificial sources of bioaerosols, residence time estimation through the use of proxy aerosols, transport and emission models, and monitoring assays (both culture and molecular based). We conclude with a discussion of the known limits for Earth's biosphere boundary, relating aerobiology studies to planetary exploration given the large degree of overlapping requirements for in situ studies (including low biomass life detection and contamination control).
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|Publication type||Book chapter|
|Publication Subtype||Book Chapter|
|Title||2.3. Global-scale atmospheric dispersion of microorganisms|
|Contributing office(s)||St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center|
|Larger Work Type||Book|
|Larger Work Title||Microbiology of aerosols|