Thematics

Hyperbaric adaptation

Deep sea biosphere represents the largest ecosystem on earth. It is characterized by extreme physical and chemical conditions and especially by high hydrostatic pressures. Even though ocean depths (cold / hot) harbour a wide community of prokaryots with different metabolic traits within the two domains of life (Bacteria & Archaea), only a few of them are piezophiles up to strict piezophiles. Let's now have a closer look on how the LM2E explores those mechanisms of adaptation.