Thursday, September 9, 2010

Displaced Microbes I

Warmer currents carried Missy Mesophile* to exotic waters where her usual physiology offered no insulation at all. To add insult to injury, the aboriginal Psychrophiles weren't at all welcoming.

*Mesophile: "an organism that grows best in moderate temperature, neither too hot nor too cold, typically between 15 and 40 °C (77 and 104 °F)." (courtesy of Wiki).
Psychrophile: "extremophilic organisms that are capable of growth and reproduction in cold temperatures" (courtesy of Wiki). Actually, they aren't just capable of growth at low temperature, but their growth ideal is at low temperature. Hence "psychro" (cold) and "phile" (loving).


ComJas said...

Awww, what happens to poor Missy Mesophile? Will she survive?

ExtremMicrobia said...

It is possible that she will go dormant to be able to survive the harsh conditions. Another possibility is the water may warm up (due to warming of the Antarctica coastal regions from warmer currents) and she will be able to survive, maybe even kick the psychrophiles out of their own domain! Global climate change- it's unpredictable.