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"Miracle" Microbes Thrive at Earth's Extremes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article introduces extremophiles, microbes found thriving in the most inhospitable environments on Earth. It reviews the differences between extremophiles and mesophiles, and how archaea ...

Microbial Diversity of Great Salt Lake part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book chapter discusses the microbial diversity of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Sections cover the dynamic and dichotomous Great Salt Lake, the diversity of halophilic microorganisms in Great ...

Extremophiles: Microbial Life in Extreme Environments part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book provides a detailed overview of extremophiles, life-forms that thrive under some of the harshest conditions found on Earth. Over the course of 11 contributed chapters, 26 experts from ...

Halobacteria: The Evidence for Longevity part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This review article discusses the diverse populations of halophilic microorganisms supported by ancient subterranean salt deposits called evaporates. The article begins by offering a brief ...

Adaptation to life at high salt concentrations in Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book provides an overview of current research on halophilic microorganisms, highlighting the diversity of life forms adapted to tolerate high salt concentrations and low water activities. ...

Halophiles in Space part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This two-minute video interview with SETI researcher Rocco Mancinelli describes his interest in halophiles and their adaptive abilities to withstand extreme environments, including the vacuum and ...

Voices: Rocco Mancinelli part of SERC Web Resource Collection

SETI scientist Rocco Mancinelli is featured in this interview about halophiles and their role in the search for extraterrestrial life. Mancinelli speaks to a young audience, recalling how he became ...

HaloLex part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web site provides access to the genome of Halobacterium salinarum. It is based on the genome sequencing in the Dept. Oesterhelt of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, ...

Exobiology: The Survival Ability of Halophiles under Martian Conditions part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This report examines the ability of two halophiles isolated from San Francisco Bay to survive severe Martian conditions. The report introduces the extreme conditions on Mars and offers a brief survey ...