Growth of high-elevation Cryptococcus sp. during extreme freeze–thaw cycles

  title={Growth of high-elevation Cryptococcus sp. during extreme freeze–thaw cycles},
  author={Lara Vimercati and Sarah E. Hamsher and Zachary R. Schubert and Steven K. Schmidt},
Soils above 6000 m.a.s.l. are among the most extreme environments on Earth, especially on high, dry volcanoes where soil temperatures cycle between −10 and 30 °C on a typical summer day. Previous studies have shown that such sites are dominated by yeast in the cryophilic Cryptococcus group, but it is unclear if they can actually grow (or are just surviving) under extreme freeze–thaw conditions. We carried out a series of experiments to determine if Cryptococcus could grow during freeze–thaw… 

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