Advances in Microbial Ecology

Volume 5 of the series Advances in Microbial Ecology pp 63-89


Fast and Famine Existence
  • Jeanne S. PoindexterAffiliated withThe Public Health Research Institute of New York, Inc.

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


According to A. Koch’s interpretation (Koch, 1971), Escherichia coli has evolved a strategy for surviving a “feast and famine” existence. Oligotrophic bacteria, in contrast, are conceived of as those never invited to a feast; their properties should include microbial adaptations to uninterrupted nutrient limitation.