New guide, color wheel help Yellowstone visitors identify microbes in hot springs MSU News Service
Thursday Dec. 26th, 2013
The products were created as an educational partnership involving the Yellowstone Association, MSU’s Thermal Biology Institute and the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. Both TBI and the Montana IoE are involved in research that focuses on the critical role microbes play in human and natural ecosystems. However, despite Yellowstone seeing upwards of 3 million visitors per year, many of those visitors are unaware of the diversity of life around them. When visitors stand on a boardwalk at Yellowstone, there may be more microbes in the soil beneath their feet than humans on Earth.
YA offers numerous guides to Yellowstone wildlife, but it had no “wildlife guide” about the park’s microbes. Scientists representing many disciplines such as microbial ecology, biology, chemistry, biogeochemistry, molecular bioscience, and virology participated in creating the book and identification wheel. Their goal was to educate the public about their research and to create an attractive and accessible guide to Yellowstone’s microbes that would appeal to tourists and older children.
To purchase the book or microbial identification wheel, visit https://www.