|Effect of variable nutrient supply rates on the RNA level of a heterotrophic bacterial strain|
Sepers, A.B.J. (1986). Effect of variable nutrient supply rates on the RNA level of a heterotrophic bacterial strain. Curr. Microbiol. 13: 333-336
In: Current Microbiology. Springer-Verlag: New York. ISSN 0343-8651, more
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The heterotrophic bacterial strain HIS 53 was grown in a continuous culture under chemostat conditions and at sinusoidal or stepwise variations of the dilution rate; aspartate, ammonium, and phosphate were the growth-limiting nutrients. Within a specific nutrient limitation the growth yield was constant and independent of the applied environmental conditions. Compared with the reference chemostat culture, sinusoidal variations of the dilution rate increased the cellular RNA level by 19%-53% dependent on the growth limitation; stepwise variations caused an increase of the RNA level by 28%-41%. It was hypothesized that under the variable environmental conditions in the natural habitat the physiological potential of the organism is enhanced by some such increase of the cellular RNA level. As a consequence these increased RNA levels influence the competition between heterotrophic bacteria and, as a result, also the composition of the population of heterotrophic bacteria.