Definitions

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  • adjective Capable of growing and reproducing in conditions with a low availability of water.

Etymologies

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xero- + -philic

Examples

  • The endemic solifuge Ceroma inerme has adapted the normal solifuge xerophilic behavior to accommodate a nearly marine existence, living just outside the high tide zone and foraging in the intertidal area at low tide.

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  • Starting with four types of xerophilic fungi (aerobic extremophiles that thrive in environments with little water), the scientists found that at 30°C the fungi grew well in the presence of both chaotropic and kosmotropic solutes, but at 1. 7°C the fungi on media supplemented with chaotropes grew better than those on kosmotropes, with some of the latter showing zero growth.

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  • Hallsworth and his team then harvested spores from the xerophilic fungi and exposed them to temperatures as low as - 80°C.

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  • Starting with four types of xerophilic fungi (aerobic extremophiles that thrive in environments with little water), the scientists found that at 30°C the fungi grew well in the presence of both chaotropic and kosmotropic solutes, but at 1. 7°C the fungi on media supplemented with chaotropes grew better than those on kosmotropes, with some of the latter showing zero growth.

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  • Hallsworth and his team then harvested spores from the xerophilic fungi and exposed them to temperatures as low as - 80°C.

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