Living things can survive with lower energy requirements than any life previously discovered by humans. Some of the microorganisms living in the seabed sediments have “lived under extreme energy limits for thousands of years”
the microorganisms studied by scientists “have a survival energy flux less than the lowest estimate of the basic energy limit of life in the natural environment previously calculated”. Previous estimates of microbial energy use (cell specific power) in Quaternary marine sediments have been found to be “more than two orders of magnitude lower than the experimental minimum maintenance Power”.
in addition, the scientists found that the energy efficiency of these organisms was “five orders of magnitude lower than the minimum maintenance power estimate based on culture”. These microbes need very little energy to survive, and they can stay alive for thousands of years.
earlier this year, these deep-sea microbes of 100 million years ago were discovered. Since then, some interesting conclusions have been revealed through the team that published the first study. The core used to find these organisms came from 6000 meters below the surface of the water. Global Tech