Education and Outreach

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program: Bacterial Spore Viability in Extreme Environments

By Keith Cowing
January 6, 2009

Our group is investigating bacterial spore viability in extreme environments. We currently focus on the following specific areas: (1) development of an endospore viability assay based on dipicolinic acid detection, (2) investigation of the microbial ecology of desert soils, permafrost, and Antarctic ice, (3) development of field-instrumentation for deployment in extreme environments. This works relates to NASA s strategic goals of investigating past or present habitable environment on Mars or other worlds by focusing on the boundary conditions for life in extreme environments on Earth. Deadline: Feb 1, 2009

Source: [NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP)]

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