Life in Extreme Environments & Roots of Life
Life is thought to have arisen around 3.8 billion years ago beginning with relatively simple one-celled micro-organisms. Having existed about two billion years longer than multi-celled (eukaryotic) organisms, these prokaryotic micro-organisms are extraordinarily diverse and live in an extremely broad range of habitats.
Life in Extreme Environments & Roots of Life scientists:
Ida Helene Steen (Theme Leader)
Sven Le Moine Bauer
Jan van der Roost
About the Roots of Life
Since their discovery, Archaea were suspected to be descendents or even living fossils of the earliest life forms.
See what projects the Life in Extreme Environments & Roots of Life theme is working on now! (Updated June 2014)
Theme Goals and Methods
The questions and objectives the theme pursues and the main methods they use in their research
The Virosphere – the last frontier
There are still scientific discoveries to be made! The new EU project, Virus-X, plans to explore new frontiers in a number of areas.
Metagenomics-based enzyme discovery
Deep-sea hydrothermal vents are extreme environments for life. They represent one of a few ecosystems on Earth where life is based on chemosynthesis instead of photosynthesis.
Excellent Results from a Centre of Excellence
In 2007 the Centre for Geobiology (CGB) was established through the Research Council of Norway’s Centre of Excellence Scheme. This week Centre post-doc, Steffen Leth Jørgensen, is one of the first author’s on a ground-breaking paper that is published in Nature.