Author(s): Deming JW
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Abstract Most reviews of microbial life in cold environments begin with a lament of how little is known about the psychrophilic (cold-loving) inhabitants or their specific adaptations to the cold. This situation is changing, as research becomes better focused by new molecular genetic (and other) approaches, by awareness of accelerated environmental change in polar regions, and by strong interest in the habitability of frozen environments elsewhere in the solar system. This review highlights recent discoveries in molecular adaptation, biodiversity and microbial dynamics in the cold, along with the concept of eutectophiles, organisms living at the critical interface inherent to the phase change of water to ice.
This article was published in Curr Opin Microbiol
and referenced in Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development