Extremophiles are microorganisms that thrive in harsh environmental conditions - where temperatures can be as high as 120˚C, the pH can range from highly acidic to strongly alkaline, and there are elevated concentrations of salts and/or heavy metals. In this research project, we are collecting and analysing samples from New Zealand hotsprings to learn more about the microbial diversity and ecology of these extreme environments.

For further information on our sampling and processing methodologies, please go to our Methodologies page


Hutt News - 2 April, 2013 - pg16

Micro-organisms: Out of this world

Listener - 14 March, 2013

Microscopic beings could prove colossal to science

New Zealand Hearld - 26 June, 2014


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