Bitechnology and gentics of extreme thermophilic bacteria


We use the extreme thermophilic bacteria Thermus thermophilus (Tth) as our main laboratory model. Unlike any other extreme thermophile, Tth grows fast at 70 ºC on LB-like medium, forms colonies on plates, and shows a very efficient natural competence system. The greater ability to crystallize of its enzymes compared to their mesophilic counterparts and its ancient phylogenetic origin gives high biological and evolutionary interest to this model.

Main specialization

Scientific Area:
ERC discipline:
  • LS - LIFE SCIENCES
  • LS9 Applied Life Sciences and Non-Medical Biotechnology
Industrial Leadership:
  • 4. Biotechnology
  • 4.2. Biotechnology-based industrial processes
Societal Challenges:
  • 2. Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bioeconomy.
  • 2.4. Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries