Going to extremes to tackle oil contamination

02 October, 2022

A comprehensive analysis of bacterial communities from Deception Island, an active volcano in Antarctica, highlights the potential for using heat-loving bacteria to clean up oil contamination, new research led by KAUST researchers shows.

Júnia Schultz recently joined KAUST as a postdoc working with Alexandre Rosado. She has set her sights on characterizing the microbiome of extreme terrestrial environments in Saudi Arabia, including volcanoes, deserts and geothermal sites. These extremophiles, bacteria that grow in the world’s most extreme environments, including those that love heat (thermophiles), hold immense potential for a myriad of biotechnology applications.

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Image: Postdoc Junia Schultz travels the globe in search of extremophiles — bacteria that thrive in extreme environments. Here she is pictured at the extinct volcanoes of Harrat Khaybar in Saudi Arabia.
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