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Into the Unknown: Microbial Communities in Caves, Their Role, and Potential Use

Department of Medical Mirobiology, Faculty of Mecicine, Medical University of Gdańsk, Dębowa 25, 80-204 Gdansk, Poland
Laboratory of Phage Therapy, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kładki 24, 80-822 Gdansk, Poland
Department of Molecular Virology, Institute of Microbiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Miecznikowa 1, 02-096 Warsaw, Poland
Department of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Gdansk, Wita Stwosza 59, 80-308 Gdansk, Poland
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Academic Editor: Ricardo Amils
Microorganisms 2022, 10(2), 222;
Received: 14 December 2021 / Revised: 10 January 2022 / Accepted: 15 January 2022 / Published: 20 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Collection Microbial Life in Extreme Environments)
Caves have been an item of amateur and professional exploration for many years. Research on the karst caves has revealed great diversity of bacteria, algae, and fungi living on stone walls and speleothems, in mud puddles or sediments. They have become the source of interest for various research groups including geologists, chemists, ecologists, or microbiologists. The adaptations of cave-dwelling organisms applied to their survival are complex and some of their properties show potential to be used in various areas of human life. Secondary metabolites produced by cave’s bacteria show strong antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, or anticancer properties. Furthermore, bacteria that can induce mineral precipitation could be used in the construction industry and for neutralization of radioisotopes. In this review we focus on bacteria and algae present in cave ecosystems, their role in shaping such specific environment, and their biotechnological and medical potential. View Full-Text
Keywords: Actinobacteria; caves; ecosystems Actinobacteria; caves; ecosystems
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Kosznik-Kwaśnicka, K.; Golec, P.; Jaroszewicz, W.; Lubomska, D.; Piechowicz, L. Into the Unknown: Microbial Communities in Caves, Their Role, and Potential Use. Microorganisms 2022, 10, 222.

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Kosznik-Kwaśnicka K, Golec P, Jaroszewicz W, Lubomska D, Piechowicz L. Into the Unknown: Microbial Communities in Caves, Their Role, and Potential Use. Microorganisms. 2022; 10(2):222.

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Kosznik-Kwaśnicka, Katarzyna, Piotr Golec, Weronika Jaroszewicz, Daria Lubomska, and Lidia Piechowicz. 2022. "Into the Unknown: Microbial Communities in Caves, Their Role, and Potential Use" Microorganisms 10, no. 2: 222.

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