Microbial Wonders of the Deep: Halophiles

Kiran Parghi, University of British Columbia

This reference site describes the adaptations of truly halophilic organisms that have a dependency upon high salt concentrations for survival. It discusses the creation of different hypersaline environments, membrane lipid composition, osmotic pressure, red (carotenoid) and purple-colored (bacteriorhodopsin) pigments, and halophilly as an adaptation. It is supported with colorful images and scientific illustrations. The site contains four sections, divided into separate pages through links numbered 1-4 at the top of the site.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Microbiology, Molecular Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology