Do airborne microbes matter for atmospheric chemistry and cloud formation?


  • Konstantinos T. Konstantinidis

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    1. School of Civil & Environmental Engineering and School of Biology, Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Genomics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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The role of airborne microbial cells in the chemistry of the atmosphere and cloud formation remains essentially speculative. Recent studies have indicated that microbes might be more important than previously anticipated for atmospheric processes. However, more work and direct communication between microbiologists and atmospheric scientists and modellers are necessary to better understand and model bioaerosol–cloud–precipitation–climate interactions.