|Karen Houghton checking growth of acidophiles in her culture tubes|
|90 degree Celsius oven filled with enrichment cultures from samples collected at ABE and Mariner|
In our lab on the Revelle, microbiologists are working hard to isolate high temperature, acid-loving hydrogen-oxidizers and methane oxidizing species; in addition to heterotrophic bacteria capable of eating organic compounds (amino acids, peptides, chitin). In the weeks to come, both microbial community and metagenomic data will be used to refine the selective media used in isolations.
Contributed by Carlo Carere and Gilbert Flores