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n. pl. hal·o·bac·te·ri·a (-tîr′ē-ə)
Any of various rod-shaped, halophilic, pigmented archaea of the genus Halobacterium, some of which produce bacteriorhodopsin to facilitate ATP synthesis during periods of oxygen deficiency.

[New Latin Halobactērium, genus name : halo- + bacterium (from the fact that archaea such as halobacteria were formerly classified as bacteria).]
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(ˌhæl oʊ bækˈtɪər i ə)

n.pl., sing. -te•ri•um (-ˈtɪər i əm)
rod-shaped archaebacteria, as of the genera Halobacterium and Halococcus, occurring in saline environments, as the Dead Sea, and using bacteriorhodopsin rather than chlorophyll for photosynthesis. Also called hal•o•bac•ters (ˈhæl oʊˌbæk tərz)
[1975–80; < New Latin]
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Noun1.halobacteria - halophiles in saline environments such as the Dead Sea or salt flats
halophil, halophile - archaebacteria requiring a salt-rich environment for growth and survival
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Members of both Bacteria and Archaea are known to inhabit such environments and these are often referred to as "halobacteria" and "haloarchaea," respectively.
In a purification and gene sequencing study of urease from halobacteria, only four extreme halophile strains out of 71 were found to be urease producer, mostly belong to genus Haloarcula [31].
These experimental observations combined with the excellent aerobic growth and halotolerant nature of this microorganism (able to thrive at 2.5% NaCl) are assets that support recently illustrated biotechnological advantages of Halobacteria to be used as potential feed supplements, especially since L.
The next day we headed north to Kalbarri, stopping off at Pink Lake, which gets its name from the high concentration of pink halobacteria in the water.