Ikka Fjord

Ikait 01

Scuba diver with ikaite column

The ikaite columns in the Ikka Fjord in SW Greenland are permanently cold (4-6°C) and alkaline (above pH 10), and the microorganisms living there and their enzymes are adapted to these conditions. Only a small fraction of the microorganisms from ikaite columns can be cultivated in the laboratory. Consequently, we have combined screening methods and have investigated cultivated microorganisms, analysed DNA from uncultured microorganisms, and screened functional expression libraries comprising total DNA from ikaite columns. Results from the scientific work conducted at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, can be found here.