Thermophilic Bacteria

David J. Studholme d.studholme at
Fri Apr 14 05:11:12 EST 2000

poonam wrote:

>usually they live near the thermal vents at the Bottom of the
>Oceans.  the heat there is what keeps them alive.
> all of the food chain
>at the bottom of the ocean depends on these bacteria.

True - thermophilic bacteria are ecologically important in such habitats,
but thermophilic bacteria are found much more widely eg. thermophilic
gram positive bacteria have a role in hot compost heaps.
Spores of thermophilic Bacillus can be found in just about any environment.


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