NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – By getting airmass samples from a DC-8 flown high above land and the ocean, researchers led by Konstantinos Konstantinidis, an assistant professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today that a significant portion of particles found in the troposphere are bacteria.

Those bacteria may aid in cloud and ice formation and precipitation, as well as possibly serving as a means for bacterial dispersal, including of pathogenic bacteria, the study authors said.

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