Antarctic Microbes Produce Novel Chemicals


MSI PI Christine Salomon (associate professor, Center for Drug Design) and colleagues have published a study of microbes living on wood structures built by Antarctic explorers in the early 20th century. The research team analyzed the microbes with the hope that they might produce compounds that could prove useful for medicines. The researchers discovered some compounds that were previously unknown.

The study was published in April 2018 in the journal Phytochemistry, and an article about the research appears on the website of Scientific American: Microbes Living in Antarctic Huts Produce Novel Chemical Compounds.