Skip Navigation

Amazon Basin Discovery


Writer(s): Steve Scherer


A team of researchers, including Professor Alexander Laskin, has made a discovery about the atmospheric composition of the Amazon.

In a paper published in Nature Communications, the researchers reveal that fungal spores are a source of sodium salt particles in the Amazon basin, as opposed to previous assumptions that sodium-containing aerosols originate primarily from marine sources transported from the ocean.

“The take-home message of the paper is now we know that ‘Green Oceans’ of tropical forests emit very similar stuff as the true ‘Blue Ocean,’” explained Laskin.

Read full story.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

Department of Chemistry, 560 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2084 | Telephone: (765) 494-5200 | Fax: (765) 494-0239

© 2015 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by Science IT

If you have trouble accessing this page because of a disability, please contact ScienceIT at