ISU Professor Aho studies how airborne bacteria, fungi help it rain and snow
Idaho State University
POCATELLO – Most people don’t think of weather as having a biological component and aren’t aware of the role airborne bacteria and fungi have in helping create rain and snow. But Ken Aho, Idaho State University associate professor of biological sciences, studies this phenomenon.
Understanding airborne bacteria and fungi in precipitation may help scientists to better understand weather patterns, particularly precipitation levels.
Working with colleagues from the United States and Europe and funded by a National Science Foundation grant, Aho participated in a four-year study to study organisms floating in the air, some of which help form rain and ice. The researchers took samples from three locations in the United States, in Pocatello at ISU, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Louisiana State University and Virginia Tech in Blackford, Virginia. Some of the results of the research were recently published in the article “Spatiotemporal patterns of microbial composition and diversity in precipitation” in the journal Ecological Monographs.
Read the original article in Ecological Monographs here: https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecm.1394