Prokaryotic lifestyles in deep sea habitats

Federico M. Lauro, Douglas H. Bartlett*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Gradients of physicochemical factors influence the growth and survival of life in deep-sea environments. Insights into the characteristics of deep marine prokaryotes has greatly benefited from recent progress in whole genome and metagenome sequence analyses. Here we review the current state-of-the-art of deep-sea microbial genomics. Ongoing and future genome-enabled studies will allow for a better understanding of deep-sea evolution, physiology, biochemistry, community structure and nutrient cycling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-25
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Biodiversity
  • Comparative genomics
  • Ecology
  • Genomics
  • High pressure biosciences
  • Piezophiles
  • Piezophysiology
  • Psychrophiles


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