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A Brief History of Short Bacteria: A Chronicle of Bdellovibrio (and Like Organisms) Research

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Predatory Prokaryotes

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Like many good things in science (and in life at large, starting with evolutionary processes), the obligate predatory bacteria Bdellovibrio and like organisms (BALOs) were discovered by chance. These fascinating creatures have since been studied by (not too) many great scientists. As the community studying these organisms has never been too large, small changes in its number of scientists have had a large impact on the advancement of this field. A historical perspective of BALO research is presented here.

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Acknowledgments

My deepest gratitude goes to Mazal Varon, John Tudor, and Henry Williams for their help in gathering information and for their personal insights. I would like to warmly thank Heinz Stolp for providing unique material. I am grateful to Rafael Springmann for translations from German.

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Jurkevitch, E. (2006). A Brief History of Short Bacteria: A Chronicle of Bdellovibrio (and Like Organisms) Research. In: Jurkevitch, E. (eds) Predatory Prokaryotes. Microbiology Monographs, vol 4. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg . https://doi.org/10.1007/7171_051

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