10 February 2004 Microbial ecology of hydrothermal biotypes
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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.
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Clemente I. Montero, Shannon B. Conners, Matthew R. Johnson, Marybeth A. Pysz, Keith R. Shockley, Robert M. Kelly, "Microbial ecology of hydrothermal biotypes", Proc. SPIE 5163, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VII, (10 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.514744; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.514744


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