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The Hypersaline Lakes of Inner Mongolia: The MGAtech Project

  • William D. GrantEmail author
  • Eulyn Pagaling
  • M. Carmen Márquez
  • M. Carmen Gutiérrez
  • Don A. Cowan
  • Yanhe Ma
  • Brian E. Jones
  • Antonio Ventosa
  • Shaun Heaphy
Chapter

Abstract

Scientific cooperation between five institutions supported by the European Union and agencies in China and South Africa permitted the study of several Chinese extreme environments under the project MGATech during the period 2002–2006. This chapter summarizes the studies carried out in seven saline, and in some cases, also alkaline lakes in Inner Mongolia, China. These studies include the geographical description of the lakes and data concerning their chemical composition, as well as microbiological studies on six of the lakes focused on the description of the bacterial and archaeal diversity based on both culture-independent (molecular analysis techniques based on the direct isolation of DNA) and culture-dependent methods. Haloarchaeal viruses from one lake were also studied.

Keywords

Clone Sequence Soda Lake Halophilic Archaea Clone Frequency Uncultured Bacterium Clone 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank I. J. Carrasco, A. M. Castillo and Y. Xue for their collaboration during the studies described in this chapter. This study was supported by a grant from the Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources Programme of the European Commission (project Multigenome Access Technology for Industrial Catalysts, QLK3-CT-2002-01972).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • William D. Grant
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eulyn Pagaling
    • 1
  • M. Carmen Márquez
    • 2
  • M. Carmen Gutiérrez
    • 2
  • Don A. Cowan
    • 3
  • Yanhe Ma
    • 4
  • Brian E. Jones
    • 5
  • Antonio Ventosa
    • 2
  • Shaun Heaphy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Infection, Immunity and InflammationUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of SevillaSevillaSpain
  3. 3.Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and MetagenomicsUniversity of the Western CapeCape TownSouth Africa
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Microbial ResourcesInstitute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  5. 5.Genencor International BV2333CNThe Netherlands

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