Hardy Microbe Thrives at pH 0

Elizabeth Pennisi, Science Magazine

This article reports that a team of geomicrobiologists has detected a new microbe, called Ferroplasma acidarmanus, surviving in some of the most acidic waters on Earth - a seemingly impossible pH near 0. That makes this critter, a member of the microbial kingdom Archaea, one of a few record-setting microbes that can survive in conditions usually toxic to life as we know it. A subscription to Science Magazine may be necessary to view this article.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Acidic
Topics: Biosphere:Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Ecology:Abiotic Relations
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:BiogeoscienceKeywords: acid mine drainage, Iron Mountain, extremeophile, acidophile