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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1997 Jul 15;152(2):279-85.

Microbial flora in the deepest sea mud of the Mariana Trench.

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Deep-sea Microorganism Research Group, Japan Marine Science and Technology Center, Yokoruka, Japan. takamih@jamstec.go.jp

Abstract

In an attempt to characterize the microbial flora on the deepest sea floor, we isolated thousands of microbes from a mud sample collected from the Mariana Trench. The microbial flora found at a depth of 10897 m was composed of actinomycetes, fungi, non-extremophilic bacteria, and various extremophilic bacteria such as alkaliphiles, thermophiles, and psychrophiles. Phylogenetic analysis of Mariana isolates based on 16S rDNA sequences revealed that a wide range of taxa were represented.

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