Take a moment to read the bio's and see our little cuties' pictures-- when you think you're ready to adopt one, remember the name and click "Adopt Me Here!" Have fun!
Alcanivorax borkumensis: Adopt Me Here!
Alcanivorax borkumensis is a helpful microbe that can eat oil and hydrocarbons in the presence of oxygen. Although it is well known from chomping on hydrocarbons in oil spills, it was first isolated from sediments of the North Sea, where lots of oil and gas wells are located. Alcanivorax is looking for a new home in an oily environment - anybody on the Gulf Coast interested?
Image courtesy of American Society of Microbiology and Heinrich Luensdorf, HZI Braunschweig)
Archaeoglobus fulgidus: Adopt Me Here!
Image courtesy MicrobeWiki and Nature Magazine.
Arcobacter sulfidicus is like a little hotdog with 4 tails, swimming around looking for sulfide and oxygen to eat. It happily lives around hydrothermal vents at the seafloor, so it likes warm temperatures.
Image courtesy of Dr. Craig Smith, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Beggiatoa spp.: Adopt me Here!
Beggiatoa bacteria love stinky sulfide, which they eat with abandon while living on marine sediments. Beggiatoa make string-like filaments which are visible to the naked eye, in white, orange and pink. Beggiatoa form thick 'mats' on the sediment surface in areas with high sulfide - such at hydrothermal vents and marine cold seeps.
Image courtesy of MicrobeWiki and Microbial Diversity 1997 (Rolf Schauder).
Desulfovibrio desulfuricans: Adopt Me Here!
Image courtesy of MicrobeWiki and the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory.
Marinobacter aquaeolei: Adopt Me Here!
Marinobacter aquaeolei is a versatile microbe that lives in deep water and ocean oil wells, swimming around in search of something to eat. Marinobacter loves to eat iron, forming rust as a waste product. Sometimes Marinobacter forms sticky, slimy biofilms, and they can also eat hydrocarbons.
Mariprofundus ferrooxydans: Adopt Me Here!
Mariprofundus ferrooxydans is a fancy-pants microbe. The microbe itself is shaped like a kidney bean, but as it grows, eating iron and oxygen, it produces beautiful twisted ribbons of rust.
Photo courtesy Clara Chan
Methanocaldococcus jannaschii: Adopt Me Here!
Methanocaldococcus jannaschii is a microbe that loves hot hot heat. It can be found in hydrothermal vents at the seafloor, happily making a living making methane gas from eating carbon dioxide and hydrogen. To us, it lives in an 'extreme' environment - water that is slightly acidic and near boiling - so it is very popular among scientists that are curious about how life can survive under such harsh conditions.
Image courtesy of MicrobeWiki and UC Berkley Electron Microscope Lab.
Methanopyrus kandleri: Adopt Me Here!
Methanopyrus kandleri is one of the hottest microbes on the market, capable of living in near boiling water. Methanopyrus eats hydrogen and carbon dioxide and makes methane.
Photo courtesy of MicrobeWiki, copyright K.O. Stetter and R. Rachel, Univ. Regensburg, Germany
Photobacterium profundum: Adopt Me Here!
Shewanella loihica: Adopt Me Here!
Thiomargarita namibiensis: Adopt Me Here!
This is Desulforudis audaxviator, a hardy microbe that lives deep down in mines in South Africa. Learn more here.