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Life in extreme environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Nature insight review article "Life in extreme environments" is a detailed description of bacterial prevalence in extreme environments. It includes diagrams and descriptions of the ...

Extremophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article introduces the reader to the diversity and significance of extremophiles. Descriptions are provided of the habitat and ecology of thermophiles, psychrophiles (cold lovers), acidophiles, ...

The Microbial Arsenic Cycle in Mono Lake, California part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This minireview summarizes the biogeochemical arsenic cycle in the alkaline, hypersaline Mono Lake. Some prokaryotes of the lake have evolved biochemical mechanisms to exploit arsenate and arsenite, ...

The Range of Protists in Mono Lake part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This preliminary research report suggests that Mono Lake supports a robust population of phagotrophic and heterotrophic protozoa in addition to its many species of unicellular algae, including ...

"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 ...

Life in Extreme Environments: The Universe May Be More Habitable Than We Thought, Part 2 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article explores microbial life in extreme environments associated with salinity, acidity, alkalinity, high temperature, low temperature, radiation, gravity, and pressure. It also introduces the ...

Mono Lake Microbial Observatory Progress Report part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this report a diagram is explained that shows the distribution of physical and biological properties at increasing depths, which includes temperature and fluorescence along with DGGE profiles. The ...

Alkaline Hypersaline Lakes as Analogs for Ancient Microbial Habitats on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site features a scientific article associated with the Mars Global Surveyor Project, reporting data collected from a study analyzing Mono Lake as a terrestrial analog to Mars. The study is ...

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, ...