Strategies for Growth and Evolution of Micro-Organisms in Oligotrophic Habitats

  • H. van Gemerden
  • J. G. Kuenen
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 15)


The strategy of microbes to adapt to a particular environment occurs both at the phenotypical and at the genotypical level. In general phenotypic responses may be needed to cope with temporary changes, whereas genetic adaptations may be needed for long lasting changes in the environment.


Specific Growth Rate Dilution Rate Continuous Culture Maximum Specific Growth Rate Balance Growth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. van Gemerden
    • 1
  • J. G. Kuenen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of GroningenHarenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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