Diversity of culturable bacteria and meiofauna in the epikarst of Škocjanske jame caves (Slovenia)
Barbara Gerič, Tanja Pipan , Janez Mulec - (33/1,2004)
The epikarst zone becomes an important site for hydrogeological, geomorphological and biological investigations. From the samples at four sites in Škocjanske jame caves where water tricklets constantly drip from the cave ceiling the meiofauna were identified. The sites were screened also for the presence of culturable bacteria. The viable cell counts were supplemented with morphological and biochemical analysis of the isolates. Results show that Gram-negative bacteria prevail among culturable bacteria in the percolating epikarst waters.