André Antunes

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The Red Sea harbours approximately 25 deep-sea anoxic brine pools. They constitute extremely unique and complex habitats with the conjugation of several extreme physicochemical parameters rendering them some of the most inhospitable environments on Earth. After 50 years of research mostly driven by chemists, geophysicists and geologists, the microbiology of(More)
Mitochondrial haplotype diversity in seven Portuguese populations of brown trout, Salmo trutta L., was investigated by sequencing the 5' end of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region. Five new haplotypes were described for this species, each two to three mutational steps distant from the common north Atlantic haplotype. Significant population(More)
Two moderately halophilic Gram-negative bacteria were isolated from a sample taken from the brine-seawater interface of the Shaban Deep in the Red Sea. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence showed that these organisms represent a novel species of the genus Marinobacter. Cells of the new isolates formed non-pigmented colonies and were motile by(More)
An extremely halophilic archaeon was isolated from a sample of the brine-sediment interface of the Shaban Deep in the northern Red Sea. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence revealed a close proximity to Halorhabdus utahensis (99.3%), the sole species of the genus Halorhabdus. Strain SARL4B(T) formed non-pigmented colonies and showed optimum(More)
A halophilic, aerobic Gram-negative bacterium, designated strain CVS-6(T), was isolated from a sea salt evaporation pond on the Island of Sal in the Cape Verde Archipelago. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence revealed a clear affiliation of the organism with members of the family Idiomarinaceae. Sequence similarities between CVS-6(T) and the(More)
A novel strictly anaerobic bacterium designated strain SSD-17B(T) was isolated from the hypersaline brine-sediment interface of the Shaban Deep, Red Sea. Cells were pleomorphic but usually consisted of a central coccoid body with one or two "tentacle-like" protrusions. These protrusions actively alternated between a straight, relaxed form and a contracted,(More)
A novel, moderately halophilic bacterium was isolated from the brine–seawater interface of the Shaban Deep, northern Red Sea. A polyphasic approach was used for the taxonomic characterization of this isolate, with the phenotypic and phylogenetic data clearly showing the distinctiveness of this bacterium. Cells of isolate E1L3A were Gram-negative,(More)
Mangroves are unique, and endangered, coastal ecosystems that play a vital role in the tropical and subtropical environments. A comprehensive description of the microbial communities in these ecosystems is currently lacking, and additional studies are required to have a complete understanding of the functioning and resilience of mangroves worldwide. In this(More)
An isolate, designated strain FS-1T, was recovered from a ripe fig. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA genes and DNA-DNA reassociation values showed that the organism represented a novel species of the genus Leuconostoc closely related to Lactobacillus fructosus. The novel isolate could be distinguished from the type strain of Lactobacillus fructosus by(More)
The seafloor is a unique environment, which allows insights into how geochemical processes affect the diversity of biological life. Among its diverse ecosystems are deep-sea brine pools - water bodies characterized by a unique combination of extreme conditions. The 'polyextremophiles' that constitute the microbial assemblage of these deep hot brines have(More)