Raman spectroscopy in halophile research

Jan Jehlička*, Aharon Oren

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Raman spectroscopy plays a major role in robust detection of biomolecules and mineral signatures in halophile research. An overview of Raman spectroscopic investigations in halophile research of the last decade is given here to show advantages of the approach, progress made as well as limits of the technique. Raman spectroscopy is an excellent tool to monitor and identify microbial pigments and other biomolecules in extant and extinct halophile biomass. Studies of bottom gypsum crusts from salterns, native evaporitic sediments, halite inclusions, and endoliths as well as cultures of halophilic microorganisms permitted to understand the content, distribution, and behavior of important molecular species. The first papers describing Raman spectroscopic detection of microbiological and geochemical key markers using portable instruments are highlighted as well.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Volume4
Issue numberDEC
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Carotenoids
  • Compatible solutes
  • Gypsum crusts
  • Halophilic
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Salterns

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