Posts Tagged ‘Crenarchaeota’

Nitrosopumilus maritimus: not that extreme.

For several years after the discovery of Archaea, it was always considered as extremophiles. Recently more and more evidences have pointed that they are ‘not what we thought they were‘. Molecular microbial ecology techniques have discovered Crenarchaeota (a phylum associated with Archaea) in moderate environments like ocean, soil, and human gut. One of the prime example of mesophilic Crenarchaeota is Nitrosopumilus maritimus isolated from the rocky bottoms of a marine aquarium in Seattle, WA.