Polar Biology

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 223–224 | Cite as

Cold-adaptation of Antarctic microorganisms – possible involvement of viable but nonculturable state

  • M. K. Chattopadhyay


Occurrence of the viable but nonculturable (VBNC) form of microorganisms in nature is well known. Evidence available in the literature indicates that low temperature may induce microorganisms to form VBNC cells. The VBNC state of some bacteria, collected from Antarctic lakes, has been recently reported. Hence it is postulated that formation of VBNC cells may be one of the strategies adopted by Antarctic microorganisms to survive in the extreme cold climate.


Cold Climate Antarctic Lake VBNC State VBNC Cell Nonculturable State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. K. Chattopadhyay
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  1. 1.Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad 500 007, India e-mail: Tel.: +91-40-7172241, Fax: +91-40-7171195IN

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