Microbial diversity and microbial abundance in salt-saturated brines: Why are the waters of hypersaline lakes red?

@inproceedings{Oren2009MicrobialDA,
  title={Microbial diversity and microbial abundance in salt-saturated brines: Why are the waters of hypersaline lakes red?},
  author={Aharon Oren},
  year={2009}
}
Salt-saturated lakes such as the North Arm of Great Salt Lake and saltern crystallizer ponds contain 10-10 and more red microorganisms ml. Even the Dead Sea occasionally turns red due to microbial blooms. Three types of organisms may contribute to the coloration: the alga Dunaliella salina rich in -carotene, halophilic Archaea (family Halobacteriaceae) containing 50-carbon bacterioruberin carotenoids and sometimes also retinal proteins (bacteriorhodopsin, halorhodopsin), and the recently… CONTINUE READING

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