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Yellowstone Resources and Issues Guide - Astrobiology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This report explores the connection between geomicrobiology and astrobiology, explaining NASA's interest in the natural history of Yellowstone National Park. Multi-institution research teams are ...

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 ...

A New Form of Life part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article introduces the discovery of a new extreme-loving microorganism, Spirochaeta americana, in California's exotic Mono Lake. It compares the geology of Mono Lake to the Gusev Crater on ...

Unearthing Clues to Martian Fossils part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article explains why scientists are looking to the tufa of Mono Lake, CA for hints of life on Mars. The article describes current conditions on Mars and suggests that it may have had a ...

Middle School Science and Engineering: Isolation, Observation, and Identification of Bacteria part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This learning module familiarizes students with the isolation, observation, and identification of bacteria and the removal of sediment from water. In addition, it is designed to promote the skills of ...

Anaerobranca californiensis sp. nov., An Anaerobic, Alkalithermophilic, Fermentative Bacterium Isolated From a Hot Spring on Mono Lake part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This journal article reports the isolation of a novel, obligately anaerobic, alkaliphilic, thermophilic, halotolerant, chemo-organotrophic bacterium from the sediment of an alkaline hot spring ...

Salt Plains Microbial Observatory part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is home of the Salt Plains Microbial Observatory, located in the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in northern Oklahoma. This area has permitted the first extensive study of a ...

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 ...

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