Microbial Ecology

, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 715–722 | Cite as

Effect of Relative Humidity on Deinococcus radiodurans’ Resistance to Prolonged Desiccation, Heat, Ionizing, Germicidal, and Environmentally Relevant UV Radiation

  • Anja Bauermeister
  • Ralf MoellerEmail author
  • Günther Reitz
  • Suzanne Sommer
  • Petra Rettberg
Notes and Short communications


To test the effect of humidity on the radiation resistance of Deinococcus radiodurans, air-dried cells were irradiated with germicidal 254 nm UV, and simulated environmental UV or γ-radiation and survival was compared to cells in suspension. It was observed that desiccated cells exhibited higher levels of resistance than cells in suspension toward UV or γ-radiation as well as after 85°C heat shock. It was also shown that low relative humidity improves survival during long-term storage of desiccated D. radiodurans cells. It can be concluded that periods or environments in which cells exist in a dehydrated state are beneficial for D. radiodurans’ survival exposed to various other stresses.


Desiccation Resistance Deinococcus Radiodurans Quartz Disc Nucleotide Excision Repair System Bipyrimidine 
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The authors are grateful to André Parpart for his excellent technical assistance. We express our thanks to the three anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anja Bauermeister
    • 1
  • Ralf Moeller
    • 1
    Email author
  • Günther Reitz
    • 1
  • Suzanne Sommer
    • 2
  • Petra Rettberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Radiation Biology Department, Research Group ‘Astrobiology’German Aerospace Center (DLR)Cologne (Koeln)Germany
  2. 2.CNRS UMR8621, CEA LRC 42V, Institut de Génétique et MicrobiologieUniv. Paris-Sud 11OrsayFrance

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