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Scientific goals

The scientific goals of the workshop are to:


  • Define the growing knowledge about minimum microbial energy requirements, with consideration of theoretical, culture-based, and environmental information.
  • Identify gaps in our understanding of the biological demand for nutrients and energy and how this demand may be satisfied by the environment, particularly in regards to life in the deep subsurface.
  • Discuss how low energy availability affects growth, adaptation and evolution.
  • Identify priorities for research and methods development that will most directly address these gaps in understanding.


An additional important aim of the workshop is to stimulate dialog, new thinking, and new, multi-faceted approaches to these questions by bringing together researchers from diverse but complementary disciplines, and engaging the interest of students and young scientists in this topic.