Extremophiles

, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp 259–265

Comparisons of the polar lipid and pigment profiles of two solar salterns located in Newark, California, U.S.A., and Eilat, Israel

  • C. D. Litchfield
  • Amy Irby
  • T. Kis-Papo
  • Aharon Oren
ORIGINAL PAPER

DOI: 10.1007/s007920070011

Cite this article as:
Litchfield, C., Irby, A., Kis-Papo, T. et al. Extremophiles (2000) 4: 259. doi:10.1007/s007920070011

Abstract

The whole community pigments and lipids have been examined during a 5-year period in two commercial solar salterns located in the United States and in Israel. There were significant differences in the complexity of the lipid and pigment patterns within the California saltern system, and these differences were not consistent over the sampling period despite examination of ponds with the same salinity. The solar saltern system in Eilat, Israel, showed greater consistency during this sampling period and compared directly with previous studies. The complexity of the saltern in Newark, California, could be explained on the basis of the prevailing weather conditions (cooler and more rainfall) and the nutrient-enriched source water. The Eilat saltern, however, has an oligotrophic water source and has a considerably warmer and drier climate. This difference resulted in more diverse and more complex pigment and lipid patterns and presumably microbial populations in the Newark, California, plant than in the saltern in Eilat, Israel.

Key words Solar salternsHalophilic ArchaeaHalophilic Bacteria

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. D. Litchfield
    • 1
  • Amy Irby
    • 1
  • T. Kis-Papo
    • 2
  • Aharon Oren
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444, USA Tel. +1-703-993-4402; Fax +1-703-993-1046 e-mail: clitchfi@wpgate.gmu.eduUS
  2. 2.Division of Microbial and Molecular Ecology, The Institute of Life Sciences, and The Moshe Shilo Minerva Center for Marine Biogeochemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, IsraelIL