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Evidence Against Hydrogen-Based Microbial Ecosystems in Basalt Aquifers part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Science scholarly article provides information regarding experiments that demonstrated that hydrogen is not produced from microorganisms living in basalt. It has been proposed that hydrogen ...

Exploration of deep intraterrestrial microbial life: current perspectives part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This FEMS Microbiology Letters paper presents a review of research regarding deep terrestrial microorganisms. Intraterrestrial life (microbes living within rock) has been found at depths of several ...

Symbiont recognition and subsequent morphogenesis as early events in an animal-bacterial mutualism part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Science Magazine scholarly article explores the bacterial colonization of the developing light organ of the squid Euprymna scolopes. Results show that the colonization is highly specific, with ...

Molecular Basis of Symbiosis part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book, part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology series, contributes a broader perspective and understanding of the function of symbiotic systems. 14 different model systems are ...

Intimate Connections: Geomicrobiologists Explore the Interactions between Biosphere and Geosphere part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This BioScience article presents information about recent geomicrobiological research in deep, hot environments. The article discusses work being done in a South African gold mine and deep beneath ...

Endolithic Microorganisms in the Antarctic Cold Desert part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This image-rich Science article describes initial research done in the Antarctic dry valleys involving cryptoendolithic (microbes that live in rock pores) lichen communities in sandstone. The paper ...

Early Life Recorded in Archean Pillow Lavas part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Science scholarly article contains information about pillow lava rims from the Mesoarchean Barberton Greenstone Belt in South Africa. The rocks contain micrometer-scale mineralized tubes that ...

Microbial trace-fossil formation, biogenous, and abiotic weathering in the Antarctic cold desert part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This Science scholarly article provides information about cryptoendolithic (microbes living within rock pores) life in the Antarctic cold desert. In the Antarctic cold desert (Ross Desert), the ...

Microbial Diversity of Soda Lake Habitats part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This dissertation details the microbial diversity of soda lake habitats. To preface the research, the author includes a table displaying world-wide distribution of soda lakes and soda deserts, a ...

Antarctic Microbes Colonize under Mars-like Conditions part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article takes a look at Antarctic biology over the last 20 years, highlighting the recent discovery of microbes that occupy one of the closest Mars-like terrestrial habitats on ...

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