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Any of various organisms, such as certain bacteria, requiring temperatures between 45°C and 80°C to thrive.

ther′mo·phil′ic (-fĭl′ĭk) adj.


(ˈθɜːməʊˌfaɪl) or


(Biology) an organism, esp a bacterium or plant, that thrives under warm conditions
(Biology) thriving under warm conditions
ˌthermoˈphilic, thermophilous adj


(ˈθɜr məˌfaɪl, -fɪl)

a thermophilic organism.
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In the meanwhile, the common examples of white rot fungi are Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Sporotrichum thermophile and Trametesversicolor[19].
In addition, Stx-producing bacteria can kill the protozoan Tetrahymena thermophile to avoid consumption by this predator (35).
The two species were selected because one is a hyperthermophile, meaning it thrives under extremely hot temperatures, and the other is a thermophile, which thrives under warm temperatures.
We also saw that coffee plants on sun plantations were attacked by thermophile termites, destroying the protective coffee tree bark, which drastically reduced the longevity and productivity of the coffee plants," said Classen.
Materials required: for each group of 2-4 students, one envelope with labeled pictures (readily downloaded from the Internet) of the following organisms: cyanobacteria, Gram-positive bacteria, methanogen, halophile, thermophile, ciliate, flagellate, conifer, angiosperm, mushroom, mold, mammal, and arthropod.
1991, "Utilization of a thermostable alkaline protease from an alkalophilic thermophile for the recovery of silver from used X-ray film", J.
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The first report of targeted metabolic engineering of a cellulose-fermenting thermophile, Clostridium thermocellum, leading to a reduced production of unwanted organic acid byproducts; and
Taq polymerase is a protein expressed in the extreme thermophile Thermus aquaticus that was discovered in Yellow Stone National Park geysers.
Camels, for instance, or thermophile bacteria, which don't mind at all if you boil them in bubbling, hot mud.