Alkaliphilic Micro-0rganisms and Habitats

Zeynep Ulukanli, Kafkas University Department of Biology

This review article summarizes the current status of the biodiversity of alkaliphilic microorganisms in various environments and outlines aspects of their biotechnological potential. The article distinguishes thalassohaline versus athalassohaline hypersaline environments, high calcium versus low calcium (soda lakes and deserts) alkaline environments, and alkalophilic versus alkalitolerant organisms. Biotechnological applications include: enzymes, pharmaceutical compounds, food, degradation of macromolecules, and microbially enhanced oil recovery.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Culturing Methods, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Biogeoscience
Extreme Environments: Alkaline
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Metabolism, Biosphere:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Methods of Microbiology:Culturing Methods, Biosphere:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:Molecular Biology