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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 ...

Environmental Affects on Microbial Growth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lab activity guides students in the development of background information on the environmental conditions for microbial growth, including that of the extremophiles, and relates this information ...

Cabo Rojo Salterns Microbial Observatory part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web site is home of the Cabo Rojo Salterns Microbial Observatory. The Cabo Rojo salterns are located in the Southwest region of Puerto Rico and are composed of an estuary, surrounded by natural ...

Microbial Diversity of Soda Lake Habitats part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This dissertation details the microbial diversity of soda lake habitats. To preface the research, the author includes a table displaying world-wide distribution of soda lakes and soda deserts, a ...

Arsenic: Toxic to People, Vital for Some Microbes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line newspaper article introduces arsenic-breathing bacteria. The article briefly describes the history and uses of arsenic and then explains how these microbes may be responsible for arsenic ...

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 ...

New Signs of Polar Life part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article from Astrobiology Magazine focuses on the large colonies of micro-organisms that have been found living beneath rocks from extreme polar habitats. These photosynthetic micro-organisms ...

Biology of Moderately Halophilic Aerobic Bacteria part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Biology of Moderately Halophilic Aerobic Bacteria is a 41-page, in-depth review article. It includes detailed sections about the taxonomy and phylogeny, ecology, physiology, enzymes, cell envelopes, ...

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