, Volume 73, Issue 1, pp 1–13

Thermophilic Microbial Communities of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents

  • M. L. Miroshnichenko

DOI: 10.1023/B:MICI.0000016360.21607.83

Cite this article as:
Miroshnichenko, M.L. Microbiology (2004) 73: 1. doi:10.1023/B:MICI.0000016360.21607.83


The most recent publications on the phylogenetic and functional diversity of thermophilic prokaryotes inhabiting thermal deep-sea environments are reviewed. Along with a general physicochemical characterization of the biotope studied, certain adaptation mechanisms are discussed that are peculiar to the microorganisms inhabiting it. A separate chapter addresses the phylogenetic analysis of deep-sea hydrothermal microbial communities and uncultivated microorganisms recently discovered therein using molecular biological techniques. Physiological groups of thermophilic microorganisms found in deep-sea hydrothermal vents are considered: methanogens, sulfate-, iron-, and sulfur-reducers, aerobic hydrogen-oxidizing prokaryotes, aerobic and anaerobic organotrophs. In most cases, the isolates represent novel taxons.

deep-sea hydrothermal ventsbarophilyhyperthermophilic archaeathe subvent biosphere hypothesis

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Miroshnichenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Microbiology, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia