, Volume 42, Issue 11–12, pp 1187–1191 | Cite as

Life above the boiling point of water?

  • K. O. Stetter
  • G. Fiala
  • R. Huber
  • G. Huber
  • A. Segerer


Various extremely thermophilic archaebacteria exhibit optimum growth at above 80°C.Pyrodictium is the most thermophilic of these organisms, growing at temperatures of up to 110°C and exhibiting optimum growth at about 105°C. All of these organisms grow by diverse types of anaerobic and aerobic metabolism.

Key words

Archaebacteria thermophilic bacteria Pyrodictium 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. O. Stetter
    • 1
  • G. Fiala
    • 1
  • R. Huber
    • 1
  • G. Huber
    • 1
  • A. Segerer
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für MikrobiologieUniversität RegensburgRegensburgFederal Republic of Germany

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