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Park Issues: Bioprospecting and Benefits-Sharing part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This chapter from the Yellowstone Resources and Issues Handbook 2012 describes a variety of issues in Yellowstone National Park: Aquatic Invaders, Bear Management, Bioprospecting, Bison Management, ...

Microbiology of Permanently Cold and Frozen Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is the home page of Antarctic researcher Brent Christner. His site provides detailed reviews of ongoing research involving the identification of microorganisms in cold environments such as ...

Microbial Wonders of the Deep part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Microbial Wonders of the Deep explores a number of interesting and highly adaptive organisms within some of the most extreme environments imaginable- those of the deep ocean. The website focuses on ...

Microbial Wonders of the Deep: Halophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This reference site describes the adaptations of truly halophilic organisms that have a dependency upon high salt concentrations for survival. It discusses the creation of different hypersaline ...

Microbial Ecology of an Extreme Acidic Environment, the Tinto River part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This journal article analyzes the microbial ecology of the Rio Tinto, an extreme environment with a rather constant acidic pH and high concentration of heavy metals. Molecular ecology techniques are ...

The Microbial Biorealm part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Microbial Biorealm is an informational site about microbes written by students for students. Hosted by Kenyon College, the site includes molecular and taxonomic information about microbes from ...

Isolation of a 250 million-year-old halotolerant bacterium from a primary salt crystal part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This journal article reports the isolation and growth of a previously unrecognized spore-forming bacterium (Bacillus species) from a brine inclusion within a 250-million-year-old salt crystal from ...

Leg 201 Preliminary Report: Controls on Microbial Communities in Deeply Buried Sediments, Eastern Equatorial Pacific and Peru Margin part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This text is the preliminary report of the Ocean Drilling Program Leg 201, which was the first ocean drilling expedition dedicated to the study of life deep beneath the seafloor. Its seven sites were ...

MBL Astrobiology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This MBL Astrobiology portal includes information about the MBL Astrobiology team, its personnel, prior work, and publications. The MBL Astrobiology team works toward understanding the patterns and ...

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 ...

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