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  • noun Plural form of halobacterium.

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  • noun halophiles in saline environments such as the Dead Sea or salt flats


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  • In the late 1980s a research group in Britain discovered that a group of salt-tolerant microbes called halobacteria could become trapped within rock salt and survive for months at a time in their tiny, briny homes.

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  • Again, they discovered tiny, fluid-filled cavities within the rock salt, and within a small fraction of these cavities 6 out of 350 they discovered viable halobacteria that could be cultured in the laboratory after a time span of more than 200 million years.4

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  • Walter Stockenius, Dieter Oesterhelt had discovered bacteriorhodopsin in halobacteria and later proposed that it acts as a lightdriven proton pump in the framework of Peter Mitchell's chemiosmotic theory.

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  • Reitmeier H, Oesterhelt D (1976) Biosynthesis of the purple membrane of halobacteria.

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  • The halobacteria, which inhabit salt lakes, are one of the most ancient forms of life on Earth.


  • "Looking at Mars halobacteria and also _Deinococcus radiodurans_.

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