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In this programme we look at some of the special qualities bacteria and fungi possess. For instance, some survive in cold Antarctic deserts by changing their growth pattern to penetrate the more fa...vourable microclimate inside the rocks. Another group of bacteria have recently been discovered growing in a wide range of extreme habitats. These Archaebacteria have fetaures that distinguish them not only from plant and animal cells but also from other bacyeria. They have unique enzymes and nucleic acids that underlie novel biochemistry. As one example, we look at how these bacteria are already being used to biologically treat liquid waste left over from food processing.
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Module code and title: S325, Biochemistry and cell biology
Item code: S325; 03
First transmission date: 1986
Published: 1986
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Duration: 00:25:00
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Producer: Aileen Llewellyn
Contributors: David Archer; Imre Friedmann; Chris McKay; Barry Paine; Nick Russell
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Antarctica; Archaebacteria; Bacteria; Deserts; Enzymes; Fungi; Lichens; Methanogens; Microbes; Microclimates
Master spool number: HOU5082
Production number: FOUS369Y
Videofinder number: 1856
Available to public: no