BBC Earth - The bizarre beasts living in Romania's poison cave
In the south-east of Romania, in Constanța county close to the Black Sea and the Bulgarian border, there lies a barren featureless plain. The desolate field is completely unremarkable, except for one ...
5 Extreme Life-Forms That Live on the Edge – News Watch
Water bears, ice worms, and brine shrimp are among Earth's "extremophiles"—creatures that can withstand the harshest conditions on the planet.
Extremophile
The search is on for extremophiles that may provide insights about life elsewhere in the cosmos. Astrobiologist Richard Hoover really goes to extremes to fin...
Extremophile
An extremophile (from Latin extremus meaning "extreme" and Greek philiā (φιλία) meaning "love") is an organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to mo...
Extremophile - Wikipedia
Antimicrobial surface
An antimicrobial surface contains an antimicrobial agent that inhibits or reduces the ability of microorganisms to grow on the surface of a material. Such surfaces are becoming more widely investigate...
Antimicrobial surface - Wikipedia
Tardigrade
Tardigrades (also known as waterbears or moss piglets) are water-dwelling, segmented micro-animals, with eight legs.They were first discovered by the German pastor Johann August Ephraim Goeze in 1773....
Tardigrade - Wikipedia
BBC Earth - The bizarre beasts living in Romania's poison cave
In the south-east of Romania, in Constanța county close to the Black Sea and the Bulgarian border, there lies a barren featureless plain. The desolate field is completely unremarkable, except for one ...
Fastidious organism
A fastidious organism is any organism that has a complex nutritional requirement. In other words, a fastidious organism will only grow when specific nutrients are included in its diet. The more restr...
Photoheterotroph
Photoheterotrophs (Gk: photo = light, hetero = (an)other, troph = nourishment) are heterotrophic phototrophs—that is, they are organisms that use light for energy, but cannot use carbon dioxide as the...
Photoheterotroph - Wikipedia
Sporormiella
Sporormiella is a genus of fungi in the family Sporormiaceae. Species of the genus are obligately coprophilous, occurring on the dung of domestic livestock as well as wild herbivores. The genus is dis...
Bacterial taxonomy
The hierarchy of biological classification's eight major taxonomic ranks. Intermediate minor rankings are not shown.Bacterial taxonomy is the taxonomy, i.e. the rank-based classification, of bacter...
Chemotroph
Chemotrophs are organisms that obtain energy by the oxidation of electron donors in their environments. These molecules can be organic (chemoorganotrophs) or inorganic (chemolithotrophs). The chemotr...
Chemotroph - Wikipedia
Coprophilous fungi
Coprophilous fungi (dung-loving fungi) are a type of saprobic fungi that grow on animal dung. The hardy spores of coprophilous species are unwittingly consumed by herbivores from vegetation, and are e...
Coprophilous fungi - Wikipedia
Osmotrophy
Osmotrophy is the uptake of dissolved organic compounds by osmosis for nutrition. Organisms that use osmotrophy are osmotrophs. Some mixotrophic microorganisms use osmotrophy to derive energy.They are...
Lanice
Lanice, (also known as the sand mason worm), is a genus of burrowing marine polychaetes (commonly referred to as "bristle worms") typically found in the littoral zone.L. conchilega is a common s...
Lanice - Wikipedia
Woodlouse
A woodlouse (plural woodlice), also known by many common names (see below), is an isopod crustacean with a rigid, segmented, long exoskeleton and fourteen jointed limbs. Woodlice form the suborder Oni...
Woodlouse - Wikipedia
Mesophile
A mesophile is an organism that grows best in moderate temperature, neither too hot nor too cold, typically between 20 and 45 °C (68 and 113 °F). The term is mainly applied to microorganisms. Organis...
Heterotroph
A heterotroph (/ˈhɛtərɵtroʊf/; ἕτερος heteros = "another", "different" and τροφή trophe = "nutrition") is an organism that cannot fix carbon and uses organic carbon for growth. Heterotrophs can be fur...
Heterotroph - Wikipedia
Microaerophile
A microaerophile is a microorganism that requires oxygen to survive, but requires environments containing lower levels of oxygen than are present in the atmosphere (i.e. <21% O2; typically 2-10% O2...
Autotroph
An autotroph ("self-feeding", from the Greek autos "self" and trophe "nourishing") or "producer", is an organism that produces complex organic compounds (such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) fro...
Autotroph - Wikipedia
Exogenous bacteria
Exogenous bacteria are microorganisms introduced to closed biological systems from the external world. They exist in aquatic and terrestrial environments, as well as the atmosphere. Microorganisms in ...
Geophilic
Geophillic means soil loving or preferring the soil. This term is usually used when referring to certain types of fungi or molds that live in the soil. Many of these organisms are usually recovered fr...