Microorganisms Live in Extremely Alkaline Habitat

George S. Roadcap

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Researchers of the Illinois State Water Survey have found microbial communities thriving in slag dumps of the Lake Calumet region of southeast Chicago in water with a pH of 12.8. It is observed that these organisms can tolerate extreme conditions and are a potential source of improved industrial enzymes. Some RNA sequences from one site appear to be closely related to thermophilic bacteria found in other parts of the world. Their habitat was created when steel slag was dumped and used to fill in wetlands and lakes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6
Number of pages1
JournalIndustrial Bioprocessing
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Organic Chemistry


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