At several hundred meters below the sea floor, the energy flux and the theoretical growth rate of bacteria are orders of magnitude below anything we can understand from research on cultivated microorganisms.
How is it possible to maintain complex functions in prokaryotic cells at an energy flux that barely allows cell growth over tens to thousands of years? And do these organisms have properties beyond our current understanding of microbial life, or are energy sources available that have not yet been identified?
The limits of microbial life and exploration of the biological demand for energy is the focus of the 2nd International Workshop on Microbial Life under Extreme Energy Limitation, held May, 6-9 at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark.
We invite researchers and students from diverse but complementary disciplines to participate in the workshop in order to discuss microbial energy requirements and stimulate new thinking and new approaches.
On this website you find more information on the scientific background for the workshop and the practical aspects of participating.