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A Natural View of Microbial Biodiversity within Hot Spring Cyanobacterial Mat Communities part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 18-page review summarizes a decade of research studying hot spring cyanobacterial mats as models for understanding principles of microbial community ecology. It addresses the emergence of ...

Light-Induced Motility of Thermophilic Synechococcus Isolates from Octopus Spring, Yellowstone National Park part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This journal abstract reports that light-induced motility of different cyanobacterial lineages may be indicative that the trait is possibly widespread among the group. The full article, in PDF ...

Environmental Affects on Microbial Growth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lab activity guides students in the development of background information on the environmental conditions for microbial growth, including that of the extremophiles, and relates this information ...

Cabo Rojo Salterns Microbial Observatory part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web site is home of the Cabo Rojo Salterns Microbial Observatory. The Cabo Rojo salterns are located in the Southwest region of Puerto Rico and are composed of an estuary, surrounded by natural ...

First Salt-Loving Bug Sequenced part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article reports that scientists have sequenced the genome of the first salt-loving extremophile, a microorganism that can survive in conditions 10 times saltier than seawater. This ...

Huelva Province: Rio Tinto Mines part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web site offers information about the Rio Tinto in Andalucia, Spain. It describes the opencast mine structures, landscape, rich history, and regional influence of the Rio Tinto mines. Part of a ...

Was the Environment for Primordial Life Hypersaline? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This journal article explores the possibility that Halobacteria may have been one of the original forms of life. Many scientists are turning to Archaea as having a role in the origin of life, but ...

The Microbial World: Winogradsky Column- Perpetual Life in a Tube part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Winogradsky column web page is designed to teach undergraduate students a simple model system of nutrient cycling in natural waters. It includes a physical description of the column and explains ...

Who Can Live Here? Life in Extreme Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Astrobiology in the Classroom leads students in the exploration of the limits of life on Earth to extend their beliefs about life to include its possibility on other worlds. In this four-part ...

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