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Volume 3, Issue 4


Volume 10 (2015)

Halophilic archaea isolated from man-made young (200 years) salt lakes in Slănic, Prahova, Romania

Mădălin Enache / Takashi Itoh / Masahiro Kamekura / Gabriela Popescu / Lucia Dumitru
Published Online: 2008-09-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11535-008-0034-5


We isolated a number of extremely halophilic archaea from four salt lakes (Red Bath, Green Bath, Shepherd Bath and Bride Cave) located in Slanic Prahova, Romania. The characterization of 12 representative isolates by polyphasic approach revealed that 11 strains were members of the genus Haloferax and only one was a member of the genus Haloarcula. The 11 Haloferax isolates possessed sulfated diglycosylarchaeol-1 as the major membrane glycolipid, and G+C contents of total DNA were 63.4–65.8 mol%. The predominant isolation of Haloferax species from the lakes may suggest that the underground salt deposit possesses Haloferax species as the major biota of ancient origin. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first paper on the survey of halophilic archaea of man-made young salt lakes.

Keywords: Halophilic archaea; Salt lakes; Membrane glycolipids; Haloferax; Slanic Prahova

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Published Online: 2008-09-30

Published in Print: 2008-12-01

Citation Information: Open Life Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 4, Pages 388–395, ISSN (Online) 2391-5412, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11535-008-0034-5.

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