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  1. Content type: Research

    Extracellular dissolved DNA has been demonstrated to be present in many terrestrial and aquatic environments, actively secreted, or released by decaying cells. Free DNA has the genetic potential to be acquired...

    Authors: Sara Borin, Elena Crotti, Francesca Mapelli, Isabella Tamagnini, Cesare Corselli and Daniele Daffonchio

    Citation: Saline Systems 2008 4:10

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  2. Content type: Review

    The nitrogen cycle (N-cycle), principally supported by prokaryotes, involves different redox reactions mainly focused on assimilatory purposes or respiratory processes for energy conservation. As the N-cycle h...

    Authors: María José Bonete, Rosa María Martínez-Espinosa, Carmen Pire, Basilio Zafrilla and David J Richardson

    Citation: Saline Systems 2008 4:9

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    The deep-sea, hypersaline anoxic brine lakes in the Mediterranean are among the most extreme environments on earth, and in one of them, the MgCl2-rich Discovery basin, the presence of active microbes is equivocal...

    Authors: Andrea M Sass, Boyd A McKew, Henrik Sass, Jörg Fichtel, Kenneth N Timmis and Terry J McGenity

    Citation: Saline Systems 2008 4:8

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    In spite of considerable efforts over past decades we still know relatively little regarding the biogeography of rotifers of inland waters in México. To help rectify this we undertook an extensive survey of th...

    Authors: Elizabeth J Walsh, Thomas Schröder, Robert L Wallace, Judith V Ríos-Arana and Roberto Rico-Martínez

    Citation: Saline Systems 2008 4:7

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  5. Content type: Review

    The moderate halophile Halobacillus halophilus is the paradigm for chloride dependent growth in prokaryotes. Recent experiments shed light on the molecular basis of the chloride dependence that is reviewed here. ...

    Authors: Stephan H Saum and Volker Müller

    Citation: Saline Systems 2008 4:4

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  6. Content type: Review

    Cyanobacteria are ancient life forms and have adapted to a variety of extreme environments, including high salinity. Biochemical, physiological and genetic studies have contributed to uncovering their underlyi...

    Authors: Jagroop Pandhal, Phillip C Wright and Catherine A Biggs

    Citation: Saline Systems 2008 4:1

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  7. Content type: Research

    The model halophile Halobacterium sp. NRC-1 was among the first Archaea to be completely sequenced and many post-genomic tools, including whole genome DNA microarrays are now being applied to its analysis. This e...

    Authors: James A Coker, Priya DasSarma, Jeffrey Kumar, Jochen A Müller and Shiladitya DasSarma

    Citation: Saline Systems 2007 3:6

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  8. Content type: Review

    Lake Urmia (or Ormiyeh) is one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world and the habitat of a unique bisexual Artemia species (A. urmiana). Despite this, and several other values of the lake, little literatur...

    Authors: Amin Eimanifar and Feridon Mohebbi

    Citation: Saline Systems 2007 3:5

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  9. Content type: Research

    Hortaea werneckii is one of the most salt-tolerant species among microorganisms. It has been isolated from hypersaline waters of salterns as one of the predominant species of a group of halophilic and halotoleran...

    Authors: Metka Lenassi, Tomaz Vaupotic, Nina Gunde-Cimerman and Ana Plemenitas

    Citation: Saline Systems 2007 3:3

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  10. Content type: Editorial

    Saline Systems is a journal devoted to both basic and applied studies of saline and hypersaline environments and their biodiversity. Here, I review the reports and commentaries published in the journal in 2006, i...

    Authors: Shiladitya DasSarma

    Citation: Saline Systems 2007 3:1

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  11. Content type: Research

    Nutrient loadings from its catchment upon The Fleet, a highly valuable coastal lagoon in Southern England, were hindcast for the period AD 1866–2004, using a catchment model, export coefficients, and historica...

    Authors: Geraint J Weber, Patrick E O'Sullivan and Paul Brassley

    Citation: Saline Systems 2006 2:15

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  12. Content type: Commentary

    Biodiversity can be measured at different hierarchical levels, from genetic diversity within species to diversity of ecosystems, though policy-makers tend to use species richness. The 2010 goal of reducing bio...

    Authors: Gonzalo M Gajardo, Patrick Sorgeloos and John A Beardmore

    Citation: Saline Systems 2006 2:14

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  13. Content type: Research

    This study investigates the relationship between salinity and biotic communities (primary producers and macroinvertebrates) in Rambla Salada, a Mediterranean hypersaline stream in SE Spain. Since the 1980's, t...

    Authors: Josefa Velasco, Andrés Millán, Juan Hernández, Cayetano Gutiérrez, Pedro Abellán, David Sánchez and Mar Ruiz

    Citation: Saline Systems 2006 2:12

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  14. Content type: Research

    Sequenced archaeal genomes contain a variety of bacterial and eukaryotic DNA repair gene homologs, but relatively little is known about how these microorganisms actually perform DNA repair. At least some archa...

    Authors: David J Crowley, Ivan Boubriak, Brian R Berquist, Monika Clark, Emily Richard, Lynn Sullivan, Shiladitya DasSarma and Shirley McCready

    Citation: Saline Systems 2006 2:11

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  15. Content type: Research

    The equatorial Pacific Ocean atoll islands of Kiritimati and Teraina encompass great physical, chemical and biological variability within extreme lacustrine environments. Surveys of lake chemistry and sediment...

    Authors: Casey Saenger, Michael Miller, Rienk H Smittenberg and Julian P Sachs

    Citation: Saline Systems 2006 2:8

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  16. Content type: Short Report

    Salt stress is one of the most serious factors limiting the productivity of rice, the staple diet in many countries. Gibberellic acid has been reported to reduce NaCl-induced growth inhibition in some plants i...

    Authors: AA Rodríguez, AM Stella, MM Storni, G Zulpa and MC Zaccaro

    Citation: Saline Systems 2006 2:7

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  17. Content type: Research

    The Salton Sea (SS) is the largest inland body of water in California: surface area 980 km2, volume 7.3 million acre-feet, 58 km long, 14–22 km wide, maximum depth 15 m. Located in the southeastern Sonoran desert...

    Authors: Wayne W Carmichael and RenHui Li

    Citation: Saline Systems 2006 2:5

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  18. Content type: Review

    Hal obact eriumsp. NRC-1 is an extremely halophilic archaeon that is easily cultured and genetically tractable. Since its genome sequence was completed in 2000, a combination of genetic, transcriptomic, proteomic...

    Authors: Shiladitya DasSarma, Brian R Berquist, James A Coker, Priya DasSarma and Jochen A Müller

    Citation: Saline Systems 2006 2:3

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  19. Content type: Editorial

    On the 4th of July, 2005, the Saline Systems editorial group launched the new online open access journal, Saline Systems, with BioMed Central as the publisher. The scope of the journal includes both basic and app...

    Authors: Shiladitya DasSarma

    Citation: Saline Systems 2006 2:1

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  20. Content type: Research

    This is the first in a series of experiments designed to characterize the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge (SPNWR) ecosystem in northwestern Oklahoma and to catalogue its microbial inhabitants. The SPNWR i...

    Authors: Kelly M Major, Andrea E Kirkwood, Clinton S Major, John W McCreadie and William J Henley

    Citation: Saline Systems 2005 1:11

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  21. Content type: Research

    Artemia (Crustacea, Anostraca), also known as brine shrimp, are typical inhabitants of extreme environments. These hypersaline environments vary considerably in their physicochemical composition, and even their c...

    Authors: William N Camargo, Gabriel C Durán, Orlando C Rada, Licet C Hernández, Juan-Carlos G Linero, Igor M Muelle and Patrick Sorgeloos

    Citation: Saline Systems 2005 1:9

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  22. Content type: Research

    Generally, extremophiles have been deemed to survive in the extreme environments to which they had adapted to grow. Recently many extremophiles have been isolated from places where they are not expected to gro...

    Authors: Akinobu Echigo, Miki Hino, Tadamasa Fukushima, Toru Mizuki, Masahiro Kamekura and Ron Usami

    Citation: Saline Systems 2005 1:8

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  23. Content type: Research

    Natural microbial communities are extremely complex and dynamic systems in terms of their population structure and functions. However, little is known about the in situ functions of the microbial communities.

    Authors: Jinjun Kan, Thomas E Hanson, Joy M Ginter, Kui Wang and Feng Chen

    Citation: Saline Systems 2005 1:7

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  24. Content type: Review

    A hundred years have passed since the description of the genus Dunaliella, the unicellular green alga which is responsible for most of the primary production in hypersaline environments worldwide. The present pap...

    Authors: Aharon Oren

    Citation: Saline Systems 2005 1:2

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  25. Content type: Research

    A variety of strategies for survival of UV irradiation are used by cells, ranging from repair of UV-damaged DNA, cell cycle arrest, tolerance of unrepaired UV photoproducts, and shielding from UV light. Some o...

    Authors: Shirley McCready, Jochen A Müller, Ivan Boubriak, Brian R Berquist, Wooi Loon Ng and Shiladitya DasSarma

    Citation: Saline Systems 2005 1:3

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  26. Content type: Research

    Freshwater anostracans inhabit ephemeral water bodies in which as the water level decreases due to evaporation the salt concentration increases. Thus, for most anostracans salinity becomes the major stress fac...

    Authors: SSS Sarma, Lynda Beladjal, S Nandini, Gerardo Cerón-Martínez and Karina Tavera-Briseño

    Citation: Saline Systems 2005 1:4

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