Applied Soil Ecology 56 (2012) iv Contents lists available at ScienceDirect Applied Soil Ecology journal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/apsoil Does the composition of microorganisms collected in the tread of a bicycle tire change while biking around the globe? Or does the bicycle tire function as a vector of microorganisms? The project tripmarks combines art and science in the form of a cycling trip. In mid February 2012, Wolfgang Burtscher started a bicycle tour through 17 countries with the aspiration to document his journey with 21 21 cm sheets, pre-embossed with his tire tread. These tripmarks are then daily âsignedâ with the bike tires and supplemented by GPS coordinates and further information. In addition to the above mentioned artistic documentation, a scientiï¬c investigation is being done by Johanna Mayerhofer at Innsbruck Universityâs Institute of Microbiology in Austria. The changes in the microbial community along the traveled path over the duration of the journey are being revealed using 16S rRNA gene based PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and culture based approaches. This no doubt will be a novel travelogue. The journey will produce about 365 documents and electrophoresis gels, which can be understood as projection screens of wanderlust, dreams and aspirations. Researchers along the projected route are invited to join the tripmarks team, and Applied Soil Ecology will follow the progress and/or contributions to this âArt Meets Scienceâ project. Many scientists may be questioning the scientiï¬c rigor and sampling method, but nonethe less tripmarks will raise the visibility and interest for soil ecology around the globe, bridging our discipline with the non-scientiï¬c world. H. Insam, S. Deng, C.A.M. van Gestel, R. Dick doi:10.1016/S0929-1393(12)00094-7
Applied Soil Ecology – Elsevier
Published: May 1, 2012
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