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Actvity Summary: Find out about a sulfate-reducing archaea and a spindle-shaped virus with this educational poster


Sulfolobus solfataricus was originally isolated from the Sulfatara hot springs in Italy. It is a mobile thermoacidophile Archaea as it has a clock-wise flagellum and is found in hot and acidic environments such as hot springs, volcanoes, and hydrothermal vents. Sulfolobus is a sulfate-reducer that uses sulfur as an energy source and converts it into sulfuric acid.

Find out more about this interesting microbe here: http://joidesresolution.org/microbe-monday-sulfolobus-solfataricus/

This resource was developed during Expedition 376: Brothers Arc Flux. Read through the blogs and other resources from this expedition here: http://joidesresolution.org/expedition/376/


  • Standard D: Life science

  • Scale, proportion, quantity
  • Structure and function