All living organisms have conditions in which their vital activity takes place. Without going any further, humans prefer to live in areas with certain climatic conditions, few of us endure 50 degrees low or above zero. There are many organisms that live in conditions that we would consider inhospit from our point of view. It’s the extremophiles. Among them are halophilic microorganisms.
Halophiles are organisms that live in extremely salty environments. The name ‘halophile’ means ‘salt lover’ in Greek. Halophiles are all microorganisms. Most of them are bacteria, while some are very primitive eukaryotes. Eukaryotes are more complex organisms with a nucleus and organelles linked to the membrane.
Halophiles are found in salty places, such as the Great Salt Lake in Utah and the Dead Sea. They are unique because they require high levels of salt that would be lethal to most organisms. But we can also find them in places as unthinkable as in the meat industries dedicated to the curing and drying of pork derivatives.
Applications of halophilic bacteria are multiple, Clean-Biotec has used halophilic bacteria isolated and identified in the chacin industry for biodegradation of organic matter in wastewater purification processes of this type of activity. Some of the isolated bacteria are also responsible for the organoleptic qualities of products such as Riojan chorizo.
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