A Genomics Approach to Understanding the Biology of Thermo-Acidophilic Red Algae

  • Andreas P. M. Weber
  • Guillaume G. Barbier
  • Roshan P. Shrestha
  • Robin J. Horst
  • Ayumi Minoda
  • Christine Oesterhelt
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 11)

While members of the archae rule at the high end of the temperature spectrum of life, members of the bacteria and eukaryotes thrive in a wide range of extreme conditions, including low temperatures, high and low pH-values, high salinity, and desiccation. In this context, it is important to note that the definition of extreme (and thus extremophilic) is anthropocentric, defining those environments as extreme that are hostile to human life. Photosynthetic protists are particularly versatile when it comes to occupying extreme habitats and thriving under extreme conditions. Protists thrive in saturated salt solutions, in hot acid, in extreme cold, and at high pH. This chapter deals with a small group of thermo-acidophilic unicellular red algae, called the Cyanidiophyceae.


Plastid Genome Phylogenetic Profile Thalassiosira Pseudonana Photosynthetic Eukaryote Cyanidioschyzon Merolae 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas P. M. Weber
    • 1
  • Guillaume G. Barbier
    • 1
  • Roshan P. Shrestha
    • 1
  • Robin J. Horst
    • 1
  • Ayumi Minoda
    • 1
  • Christine Oesterhelt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant BiologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Institut für Biochemie und BiologieUniversität PotsdamGermany

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