Establishment of a rearing system of the extremotolerant tardigrade Ramazzottius varieornatus: a new model animal for astrobiology.

@article{Horikawa2008EstablishmentOA,
  title={Establishment of a rearing system of the extremotolerant tardigrade Ramazzottius varieornatus: a new model animal for astrobiology.},
  author={Daiki D. Horikawa and Takekazu Kunieda and Wataru Abe and Masahiko Watanabe and Yuichi Nakahara and Fumiko Yukuhiro and Tetsuya Sakashita and Nobuyuki Hamada and Seiichi Wada and Tomoo Funayama and Chihiro Katagiri and Yasuhiko Kobayashi and Seigo Higashi and Takashi Okuda},
  journal={Astrobiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={8 3},
  pages={549-56}
}
Studies on the ability of multicellular organisms to tolerate specific environmental extremes are relatively rare compared to those of unicellular microorganisms in extreme environments. Tardigrades are extremotolerant animals that can enter an ametabolic dry state called anhydrobiosis and have high tolerance to a variety of extreme environmental conditions, particularly while in anhydrobiosis. Although tardigrades have been expected to be a potential model animal for astrobiological studies… CONTINUE READING