Communities that thrive in extreme conditions captured from a freshwater lake

Etienne Low-Decarie, Gregor F. Fussmann, Alex J. Dumbrell & Graham Bell
Organisms that can grow in extreme conditions would be expected to be confined to extreme environments. However, we were able to capture highly productive communities of algae and bacteria capable of growing in acidic (pH 2), basic (pH 12) and saline (40 ppt) conditions from an ordinary freshwater lake. Microbial communities may thus include taxa that are highly productive in conditions that are far outside the range of conditions experienced in their host ecosystem. The...
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