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Snowflakes are formed by bacteria

March 1 2008

A group of French and American scientists studied the formation of snowflake. In order to make of him a complete picture, researchers led by Brent Christner of Louisiana State University studied samples of snow from France, Antarctica, Montana and Yukon, trying to find the kernel or crystallization centers snowflakes.

It was found that 70% to 100% of the nuclei have an organic origin and consist of bacteria. Most of "bacterial" Snowflakes in France, followed by Montana and the Yukon. In the Arctic snow samples were found less total bacterial crystallization centers.

Most often involved in the formation of snowflakes Pseudomonas syringae - rod-shaped bacteria that can infect a large number of plant species, including many important crops, reports Discovery.

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