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Extremophilic microbial communities of saline soils and their diversity in the regions of the Caspian Depression


The microbial communities of alkali-saline soils and halophytes of the Caspian Depression regions have been studied for the first time. Over 40 species and forms of bacteria have been revealed. Along with a wide variety of soil microorganisms, bacteria of the genera Bacillus and Salimicrobium are the main components of the extremophilic microbial communities; their detection is one of the indices of the taxonomical structure determination, which is closely related to the ecosystem type.

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Original Russian Text © E.A. Khalilova, S.Ts. Kotenko, E.A. Islammagomedova, R.Z. Gasanov, A.A. Abakarova, D.A. Aliverdieva, 2017, published in Aridnye Ekosistemy, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 2(71), pp. 58–63.

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Khalilova, E.A., Kotenko, S.T., Islammagomedova, E.A. et al. Extremophilic microbial communities of saline soils and their diversity in the regions of the Caspian Depression. Arid Ecosyst 7, 116–120 (2017).

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  • microbial diversity
  • halophilic bacteria
  • ecosystems
  • saline soils
  • salt concentration