Diversity of Thermophiles in Terrestrial Hot Springs of Yunnan and Tibet, China

Part of the Microorganisms for Sustainability book series (MICRO, volume 8)


The Yunnan-Tibetan geothermal zone (YTGZ), located in western and southwestern China, harbors hundreds of hot springs with a wide range of temperatures and pH. These hot springs provide large and diverse niche for thermophilic microorganisms. In this chapter, we will discuss culture-dependent and culture-independent studies that have been conducted to understand Yunnan-Tibetan hot spring microbial diversity. Several novel taxa isolated and their uniqueness are listed. This chapter also sheds light on various physicochemical factors that structure the microbial diversity. The bioactive molecules and functional genes reported from these hot springs are also listed here.


Terrestrial hot springs Thermophiles Yunnan Tibet Culture-dependent and culture-independent analysis Novel taxa 



This work was supported by the Key Project of International Cooperation of Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) (No. 2013DFA31980), Science and Technology Infrastructure Work Project (No. 2015FY110100), Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 31470139 and 31600103), and China Postdoctoral Science Foundation No. 2017 M612796. W-J.L. was also supported by Guangdong Province Higher Vocational Colleges and Schools Pearl River Scholar Funded Scheme (2014).


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  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol, School of Life SciencesSun Yat-Sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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