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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 1999 Jun;10(3):240-6.

Developments with antarctic microorganisms: culture collections, bioactivity screening, taxonomy, PUFA production and cold-adapted enzymes

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School of Agriculture Science University of Tasmania Hobart, Tasmania, 7001, Australia.


There have been recent research developments with Antarctic prokaryotes in the areas of isolations of novel bacterial, culture collections, bioactivity screening, taxonomy, production of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), cold-adapted enzymes and bioremediation. Research to date confirms the novelty of bacteria isolated from this extreme environment. Opportunities now exist to exploit these and other findings to develop possible new biotechnological products from Antarctic microorganisms.

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