Halophilic Archaea (haloarchaea) are extremely salt-loving microorganisms which were discovered during salt production and in foods preserved with salt (see article in the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences). They are members of the third branch or domain of life, named the Archaea (see article in the Desk Encyclopedia of Microbiology). The first genome sequence of a haloarchaeon, Halobacterium sp. NRC-1, was published on the cover of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in October 2000 by a consortium of scientists from a dozen institutions worldwide. This website, named HaloWeb, came about during the sequencing project to coordinate annotation among the different scientists and was supported by the National Science Foundation. The DasSarma laboratory has since provided access to published genome data and bioinformatic tools through this website.
Publications referencing HaloWeb should cite: SL DasSarma et al. Saline Systems 6, 12 (2010).
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