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Microbial ecology of hydrothermal biotypes
Author(s): Clemente I. Montero; Shannon B. Conners; Matthew R. Johnson; Marybeth A. Pysz; Keith R. Shockley; Robert M. Kelly
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Paper Abstract

Hydrothermal environments, whether terrestrial or marine, provide a window into potentially thriving ecosystems on other solar bodies. If such extraterrestrial biotopes do exist, they might be inhabited by extremophilic microorganisms, perhaps related to hyperthermophiles (optimal growth temperature > 80°C) previously characterized from geothermal sites on this planet. Study of the physiological and metabolic patterns in hyperthermophiles will shed light on microbial lifestyles consistent with putative hydrothermal niches on other planets and moons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5163, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VII, (10 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.514744
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Clemente I. Montero, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Shannon B. Conners, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Matthew R. Johnson, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Marybeth A. Pysz, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Keith R. Shockley, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Robert M. Kelly, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5163:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VII
Richard B. Hoover; Alexei Yu. Rozanov, Editor(s)

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