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Great Bugs of Fire: Protein from volcano-loving bug crystallized in space part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This webarticle features the Archaea, an ancient branch of life commonly found living in extreme environments such as volcanic vents and hotsprings, and attempts of researchers aboard the Life and ...

Hot! Hot! Hot! But How? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is part of a larger module called Stalking the Mysterious Microbe, containing experiments, mysteries, and news stories relating to microbes. This particular site features an article ...

The X-philes: microorganisms at the extremes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This personal website of Richard Johnson, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rhodes University , gives a detailed overview of the field of extremophile research. Topics covered include ...

Glacial lake hides bacteria part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article highlights the published work of a geomicrobiology research team led by Eric Gaidos from the University of Hawaii and Brian Lanoil, from the University of California, Riverside. This ...

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 ...

Microbial Diversity of Marine and Terrestrial Thermal Springs part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This resource is a compilation of tables that describe the geographic, physical, and metabolic ranges of a variety of extremophilic bacteria based on taxonomic groupings. This information is from ...

Thermophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The webpage focuses on thermophiles living in hot springs and black smokers, volcanic hotsprings on the ocean floor, and the mechanics behind their ability to withstand extreme heat. The site also ...

Extremophiles part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is the home page for Extremophiles, a sub group of the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Groningen whose main interests concern transport phenomena across the cytoplasmic ...

Picrophilus gen. nov., fam. nov.: a novel aerobic, heterotrophic, thermoacidophilic genus and family comprising archaea capable of growth around pH 0. part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This scientific paper reports the discovery of two novel species of a genus of thermophilic, heterotrophic, aerobic archaea that grow under extremely acidic conditions. These species were isolated ...

Genome sequence of Picrophilus torridus and its implications for life around pH 0. part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This scientific paper describes the Picrophilaceae, which are the most acidophilic organisms known and amazingly, are able to grow at negative pH values. The authors deduce several features that may ...