Extremophiles

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Extremophiles are organisms that thrive in extreme environmental conditions. These microorganisms colonise habitats where most other life forms cannot survive. The nature of such habitats generates microbes that are biologically unique compared to the majority of other microbes found in the world.

Our sample collection has been accumulating since 1986, containing many extremophiles from geochemically extreme locations. Our current research into extremophiles inhabiting hot springs and utilizing geothermal energy aims to collect novel heat resistant enzymes for use in industry or research purposes.