Approaches Toward the Study of Halophilic Microorganisms in Their Natural Environments: Who Are They and What Are They Doing?

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Abstract

Hypersaline lakes with salt concentrations exceeding 250 g/l are often characterized by very dense communities of halophilic microorganisms imparting a red coloration to the brines. Such red waters can be found in the North Arm of Great Salt Lake , Utah, in crystallizer ponds of solar salterns for the production of salt from seawater, and in many extremely hypersaline alkaline lakes. At times even the magnesium chloride-rich waters of the Dead Sea have become red as a result of massive development of pigmented salt-loving microorganisms.

Keywords

Great Salt Lake Hypersaline Environment Osmotic Solute Mono Lake Crystallizer Pond 
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  1. 1.Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, The Institute of Life SciencesThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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