Friday, June 19, 2009
Microbiologists find magnetic bacteria in Lonar lake
Microbiologists in Maharashtra have found ‘magnetic bacteria’ in the ancient Lonar lake formed due to meteorite impact, a finding that might open a vista for searching extra-terrestrial life.
The magnetotactic bacteria, which are object of interest of scientists from various fields world over, were isolated from the lake in Maharashtra’s Buldana district which is the only impact crater formed in basaltic rock.
The bacteria are unique as they swim along geomagnetic field lines because they contain tiny magnetic crystals called magnetosomes, said Mahesh Chavadar, a microbiologist at the Yashwantrao Chavan College of Science in Karad.
The fact that the bacteria was found in the lake has thrown open doors for research on life outside universe.