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Eukaryotes in Extreme Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article is a compilation of information about free-living eukaryotes in extreme environments. Written in summary form, it includes anaerobes, thermophiles, psychrophiles, acidophiles, ...

New Signs of Polar Life part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article from Astrobiology Magazine focuses on the large colonies of micro-organisms that have been found living beneath rocks from extreme polar habitats. These photosynthetic micro-organisms ...

Fuligo septica, the Dog Vomit Slime Mold part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This informational website features the slime mold Fuligo septica, Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month for June 1999. It includes an audio pronunciation tool, educational information about slime molds, ...

Humongous Fungus part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 1992 online news article reports a 37acre fungus that has been discovered at the Wisconsin-Michigan border. It is 1500 years old, weighs between 100 and 1000 tons, and is still spreading. The ...

Fungi Help Reduce Transplant Failures at the Roots part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article reports that inoculating trees with mycorrhizal fungi prior to or at planting has revolutionized the reforestation of mined lands and similar projects. The fungi form a kind of ...

Growing Slime Mold part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a short activity for growing the slime mold Physarum polycephalum. It includes materials needed, a three-step procedure, and helpful tips. The site is part of the Turbulent Landscapes exhibit ...

Phylum: Tardigrada (water bears, tardigrades) part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page describes water bears, minute animals that can remain dormant in a dry state for over 100 years. The page addresses what they are, where they are found, their general biology, ...

Tardigrades part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online article describes tardigrades and discusses how amateur microscopists can help scientists understand more about microscopic organisms called tardigrades, commonly known as water bears. ...

Audio Interview with Dr. Carol Stoker about MARTE and the Rio Tinto part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site features links to broadcast quality audio files and transcripts from an interview with Dr. Carol Stoker about the Mars Analog Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE) which is to take ...

East African Rift Valley Links for Learning part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page contains links to a collection of resources devoted to the East African Valley Rift, with emphasis on environmental issues and concerns. It lists web addresses by subtopics, in outline ...

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