Deep-sea bacteria: isolation in the absence of decompression. Academic Article uri icon


  • Sampling and pure culture isolation of deep-sea bacteria without loss of in situ pressure is required in order to determine the viability of decompressionsensitive strains. This was achieved by using a pressure-retaining sterilizable seawater sampling system in connection with a prepressurized hyperbaric isolation chamber. Rates of growth and substrate uptake of the majority of isolates showed highly barotolerant characteristics, while the remainder (4 out of 15) exhibited barophilic characteristics.

publication date

  • June 18, 1982