Heidelberg Researchers Study Formation of Bacterial Spores

Bacterial spores store information about the individual growth history of their progenitor cells, thus retaining a „memory“ that links the different stages of the bacterial life cycle. This phenomenon was demonstrated in a recent study by an interdisciplinary research team led by Dr Ilka Bischofs at the BioQuant Centre of Heidelberg University. The spore memory could give rise to various adaptive behaviours in microbes. The results of the study were published in the journal „Nature Communications“. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)