alkaliphile

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alkaliphile

An extremophile that grows optimally at high pH (9 to 11, alkaline/basic) conditions, which is accomplished by maintaining a lower intracellular pH of ±8, constantly pumping H+ across the cell membrane into their cytoplasm.
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However, when the soil is extremely alkaline only specialized bacteria called alkalophiles are able to grow.