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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 ...

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 ...

Thermophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This official site of Yellowstone National Park contains information on thermophiles as a part of the "Nature in Yellowstone" home page. Specific topics covered ...

Phylogenetic characterization of the bacterial assemblage associated with mucous secretions of the hydrothermal vent polychaete Paralvinella palmiformis part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This FEMS Microbiology Ecology journal article features a culture-independent molecular analysis of the bacterial assemblage associated with mucous secretions of the Northeastern Pacific vent ...

Geobiology of a microbial endolithic community in the Yellowstone geothermal environment part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Letters to Nature scholarly article presents findings from a study done at Yellowstone's Norris Geyser Basin, the purpose of which was to characterize the endolithic microbial community in the ...

Geomicrobiology: How Molecular-Scale Interactions Underpin Biogeochemical Systems part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Science scholarly article discusses the molecular biology behind geomicrobiology. It features sections about microbial diversity, microbial activity in the environment, mechanistic details, the ...

The Worm that Boasts Earth's Hottest Lifestyle part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This brief Exploratorium dispatch reports that the Pompeii worm, an inhabitant of hydrothermal vent ecosystems, can withstand hotter temperatures than any other creature on earth can -- except for ...

Evidence of Chemolithoautotrophy in the Bacterial Community Associated with Alvinella pompejana, a Hydrothermal Vent Polychaete part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal article analyzes the bacterial community associated with Alvinella pompejana (Pompeii worm), suggesting that members of both the episymbiont and ...

Hot-Water Worms May Use Bacteria as Shield part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Geographic news article highlights research being done to study the Pompeii worm (Alvinella pompejana), the most heat tolerant complex organism on Earth, and its microscopic symbionts. ...

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