Oligotrophy and pelagic marine bacteria: Facts and fiction.
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Prins, Rudolf A.
Gottschal, Jan C.
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Oligotrophy, or the inability of bacterial cells to propagate at elevated nutrient concentrations, is a controversial phenomenon in microbiology. The exact cause of the unculturability of many indigenous marine bacteria on standard laboratory media has still not been resolved. Unfortunately the physiology of such cells is difficult to investigate as long as high cell density cultures cannot be obtained. An extensive evaluation of experiments relating to oligotrophy and the cultivation of marine bacteria is presented in this review. When incorporating the findings of studies performed with molecular biological methods, the picture emerges that indigenous marine bacteria can be cultivated under certain conditions and that the 'oligotrophic way of life' is a transient characteristic. Although strong generalisations should not be made with respect to a biological system as diverse as the world's oceans, it should be anticipated that cells with unique physiological characteristics appear to.....
JournalAquatic Microbial Ecology
CitationSchut, F., Prins, R. and Gottschal, J. (1997) Oligotrophy and pelagic marine bacteria: Facts and fiction. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 12:2, pp.177–202. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/ame012177
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