Methanococcoides extremophile archaea

Methanococcoides extremophile archaea

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Caption: Cold-loving archaea. Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a section through the archaea Methanococcoides burtonii. The cell walls appear red, while the granular cell contents includes scattered genetic material. These psychrophilic (cold-loving) archaea were discovered in 1992 in Ace Lake, Antarctica, and can survive in temperatures as low as -2.5 degrees Celsius. As methanogenic microbes, they are able to form methane from carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Magnification: x25,000 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: antarctica, archaea, bacterium, cold, cold temperature, electron micrograph, extremophile, extremophiles, methanococcoid, methanococcoides, methanococcoides burtonii, methanogen, micro-organisms, microbe, microbes, microbiology, psychrophile tem, transmission

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