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Distribution, abundance and diversity of the extremely halophilic bacterium Salinibacter ruber

Josefa Antón1*, Arantxa Peña1, Fernando Santos1, Manuel Martínez-García1, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin2 and Ramon Rosselló-Mora3

Author Affiliations

1 División de Microbiología and Instituto Multidisciplinar para el Estudio del Medio Ramon Margalef, Universidad de Alicante, 03080, Alicante, Spain

2 Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Health and Environment, Institute of Ecological Chemistry, Neuherberg, Germany

3 Marine Microbiology Group, Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats, (CSIC-UIB), 07190, Esporles, Spain

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Saline Systems 2008, 4:15  doi:10.1186/1746-1448-4-15

Published: 28 October 2008

Abstract

Since its discovery in 1998, representatives of the extremely halophilic bacterium Salinibacter ruber have been found in many hypersaline environments across the world, including coastal and solar salterns and solar lakes. Here, we review the available information about the distribution, abundance and diversity of this member of the Bacteroidetes.