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True Psychrophiles and Part Time Psychrophiles in the Antarctic

Introduction Earth’s ice-free polar regions contain a wide range of biomes that support the growth of diverse microorganisms, some metazoa, and a few plants despite freezing conditions and winter darkness. Numerous culture-dependent and culture independent studies of polar and alpine samples ranging from glacial ice, soil, lake water, sea-ice and polar ocean seawater have been carried out in the last decade or so and these have contributed to our knowledge of the dominant taxa existing in low temperature ecosystems (Hodson...

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