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Microorganisms in extreme environments

Our researchers specialize in:

  • Microorganisms in extreme environments
  • Role of micro-organisms in biogeochemical cycling
  • Mars analogue environments

Our researchers investigate how microorganisms can live in extreme environments, including rocky environments and salt (potash and halite) in underground mines. We are interested in the environmental vairables affecting microbial communities and the role of these organisms in mineral weathering. These organisms can be used as analogues for potential Mars-based life and are used to guide future life detection missions. 

If you would like to know more about our microorganisms in extreme environments research, please contact the theme lead, Dr Karen Olsson-Francis.

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