Archaeal physiology

Archaeal physiology is the scientific study of the life-supporting functions and processes of Archaea, a domain of organisms that comprise single, nucleus-free cells, distinct from bacteria and eukaryotes.

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  • News & Views |

    Candidatus Methanoperedens nitroreducens’, an anaerobic methanotrophic archaeon, sectors itself into two morphologically and functionally distinct populations that enable adaptation and cross-species interactions in a dynamic bioreactor ecosystem.

    • Lisa Y. Stein
  • Research Highlights |

    This study reports that a short prokaryotic argonaute protein from the archaeon Sulfolobus islandicus and its genetically associated proteins Aga1 and Aga2 confer antiviral defence by abortive infection.

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • Research Highlights |

    This study challenges the previous suggestion that many environmental bacteria have been cultured already and concludes that most remain uncultured.

    • Ursula Hofer
  • Research Highlights |

    This study reports the identification and characterization of spindle-shaped viruses that infect a marine ammonia-oxidizing thaumarchaeon and that are distinct from other known marine viruses.

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • News |

    This month’s Genome Watch highlights the unique evolutionary history, metabolic functions, and newly identified viruses and associated mobile genetic elements for the highly abundant and ubiquitous ammonia-oxidizing archaea.

    • Emiley A. Eloe-Fadrosh