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Diversity and distribution of Victoria Land biota

first_imgUnderstanding the relationship between soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is critical to predicting and monitoring the effects of ecosystem changes on important soil processes. However, most of Earth’s soils are too biologically diverse to identify each species present and determine their functional role in food webs. The soil ecosystems of Victoria Land (VL) Antarctica are functionally and biotically simple, and serve as in situ models for determining the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem processes. For a few VL taxa (microarthropods, nematodes, algae, mosses and lichens), species diversity has been intensively assessed in highly localized habitats, but little is known of how community assemblages vary across broader spatial scales, or across latitudinal and environmental gradients. The composition of tardigrade, rotifer, protist, fungal and prokaryote communities is emerging. The latter groups are the least studied, but potentially the most diverse. Endemism is highest for microarthropods and nematodes, less so for tardigrades and rotifers, and apparently low for mosses, lichens, protists, fungi and prokaryotes. Much of what is known about VL diversity and distribution occurs in an evolutionary and ecological vacuum; links between taxa and functional role in ecosystems are poorly known and future studies must utilize phylogenetic information to infer patterns of community assembly, speciation, extinction, population processes and biogeography. However, a comprehensive compilation of all the species that participate in soil ecosystem processes, and their distribution across regional and landscape scales is immediately achievable in VL with the resources, tools, and expertise currently available. We suggest that the soil ecosystems of VL should play a major role in exploring the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and in monitoring the effects of environmental change on soil processes in real time and space.last_img read more

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Solskjaer compares Jordan to Sir Alex’s Man Utd

first_img The Reds boss has been inspired by the access-all-areas footage of Jordan in his prime during the 1990s, when he became an iconic figure by using his unrivalled ability to lead the Bulls to glory. In a fascinating comparison, Solskjaer admits he sees similarities between the basketball legend and his former United captain Roy Keane, who, alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, drove our great club to unprecedented success around the same time as that celebrated Chicago Bulls team. When asked on the BBC’s Football Focus programme if he has put his football duties to one side during the ongoing lockdown, Solskjaer pointed out he will always be obsessed with the beautiful game and continues to work hard. However, in his free time, he admits the Jordan miniseries has caught his attention. “No you don’t put that on hold,” Ole explained to Dan Walker. “It never stops. If you are in a job, or not in a job, but have been bitten by the football bug then you always spend time on it. “I don’t think I’ve been different to anyone else. You watch TV, you watch series, you’ve got to switch off from football then, but then you find Netflix and you find The Last Dance about Michael Jordan. It takes me back to when I was a player and the great team of Sir Alex’s. Loading… “Michael Jordan, as a leader, you think of Roy Keane straightaway. There are so many similarities to my team, seeing that [Chicago Bulls] team, so it has been inspiring and a great watch.“ Solskjaer is not the only person at United who has been inspired by The Last Dance documentary, with assistant manager Mike Phelan among those who have been tuning in and taking notes. “This is some serious TV,” he tweeted via his official account earlier this week. “The very nature of elite sport as it was intended. Get your pen and paper out and watch. More in here for any player or coach than on an y webinar or course if you can decipher it. There’s the challenge!” “You see this absolute legend of basketball, how he started, what he went through, what he had to do to get to the top of his sport, and you can’t help but be motivated.”Aaron Wan-Bissaka on watching ‘The Last Dance’Meanwhile, from the squad, Aaron Wan-Bissaka revealed to us that he’s also been motivated by Jordan’s unrelenting desire to win at all costs. “I started watching The Last Dance, a big documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls,” the young defender told us in late April. “I’m one episode in and already it’s so inspirational. read also:Sir Ferguson arrives ahead FA Derby against County “You see this absolute legend of basketball, how he started, what he went through, what he had to do to get to the top of his sport, and you can’t help but be motivated. During hard times, especially like we’re in now, it just makes you think about everything. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Like so many lovers of sport, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been binge-watching The Last Dance, a documentary series on Netflix, which chronicles the career of NBA legend Michael Jordan and has a particular focus on the Chicago Bulls’ dramatic 1997/98 season. Promoted Content10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian ActressesThe 6 Weirdest Things You Can Learn On WikiHow7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithAir Pollution Is Rapidly Decreasing Thanks To COVID-19last_img read more

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Three takeaways from No. 1 Tennessee’s narrow overtime win at Vanderbilt

first_img Indiana suspends guard Devonte Green for not meeting program standards No. 1 Tennessee barely avoided disaster Wednesday.The Volunteers trailed unranked Vanderbilt late in the second half but rallied to force overtime and eventually came away with a narrow 88-83 road win. The win was the Volunteers’ 13th in a row while the Commodores dropped to 0-6 in SEC play.Here are three takeaways from Tennessee’s victory Related News Schofield especially struggled as he missed all six of his long-range attempts and finished with six total points. He was a 45.1 percent 3-point shooter coming into the game.Tennessee, powered by Williams, overcame those struggles by shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 90.6 percent from the free throw line.center_img Second assistant coach pleads guilty in federal college hoops recruiting case Grant Williams is a POY candidateGrant Williams was borderline unstoppable against the Commodores.The junior forward carried Tennessee on both ends of the floor for much of the night. He tallied 43 points on 10-of-15 shooting and added eight rebounds. He protected the basket on the other end, as well, chipping in four blocks.Williams also incredibly connected on all of his free-throw attempts, finishing 23 of 23 from the line.Grant Williams ended the game with 43 points, becoming the first #Vols player with 40+ points in a game since Allan Houston had 43 on February 10, 1990 vs. LSU.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) January 24, 2019Williams is the best player on the top-ranked team in the country and should clearly be in the Naismith Player of the Year conversation. He entered Wednesday averaging 18.9 points and 7.5 rebounds.Vanderbilt missed a golden opportunityThe Commodores had a chance to pick up a program-building win in coach Bryce Drew’s third season. But, they came up just short.Vanderbilt fell behind by 13 in the game’s opening minutes yet fought back and cut its deficit to just one by halftime. It then appeared on its way to winning when it took a six-point lead with 1:32 to play on a pair of free throws by Saben Lee.The Commodores, however, had no answers for Williams as he tallied four straight points. Senior guard Admiral Schofield followed with a jumper to tie the score and force the extra period, where the Volunteers escaped with the victory.Vanderbilt registered a 19-16 record and reached the NCAA Tournament in Drew’s first season but are a combined 21-29 since. The loss drops the Commodores to 9-9 in 2018-19.Tennessee survives 3-point strugglesTennessee pulled out the win despite an uncharacteristically bad 3-point shooting performance.  The Volunteers knocked down 25 percent of their 3-pointers and hit just five in the game. They entered the matchup shooting 36.4 percent from behind the arc.last_img read more

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