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Morphological Changes Leading to the Nonculturable State

  • Jeffrey J. Byrd

Abstract

Specific morphological changes occur when bacterial cells are introduced into nutrient-depleted environments. In addition, bacteria that are indigenous to these conditions tend to be smaller than bacteria found in nutrient-rich environments. Changes in bacterial morphology during starvation-survival have been previously reviewed (45, 61). The conditions under which bacteria alter their morphology are discussed, with reasons for the changes suggested.

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Marine Bacterium Rhizobium Leguminosarum Nutrient Starvation Carbon Starvation Amino Acid Starvation 
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  • Jeffrey J. Byrd
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  1. 1.Department of BiologySt. Mary’s College of MarylandSt. Mary’s CityUSA

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