Endolithic microbial life in hot and cold deserts

  title={Endolithic microbial life in hot and cold deserts},
  author={E. Imre Friedmann},
  journal={Origins of life},
Endolithic microorganisms (those living inside rocks) occur in hot and cold deserts and exist under extreme environmental conditions. These conditions are discussed on a comparative basis. Quantitative estimates of biomass are comparable in hot and cold deserts. Despite the obvious differences between the hot and cold desert environment, survival strategies show some common features. These endolithic organisms are able to ‘switch’ rapidly their metabolic activities on an off in response to… CONTINUE READING
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