Small single-celled organisms of a variety of shapes, including the methanogens and halophiles.

Most researchers group these organisms together based on molecular similarities of their RNA, though there are a variety of competing schemes.

Haloarchaea: Extremophiles in Salt Lakes
Research compilation by Mike Dyall-Smith, primarily focusing on haloarchaea and their haloviruses. Includes the Halohandbook lab manual with techniques for cultivation. [PDF]
Journal of Biological Chemistry: Extreme Halophiles Synthesize Betaine from Glycine by Methylation
Research on the methyltransferase enzymes involved in synthesis of glycine betaine in Actinopolyspora halophila and Ectothiorhodospira halochloris. Transfer of the relevant genes increased salt tolerance in E. coli. (July 21, 2000)
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