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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1992 Dec 15;100(1-3):205-10.

Low temperature induced non-culturability and killing of Vibrio vulnificus.

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Department of General and Marine Microbiology, University of Göteborg, Sweden.


Vibrio vulnificus cells progressively lose culturability during incubation at 5 degrees C. This process is accelerated by the addition of supernatants from non-culturable cells obtained by incubation at 5 degrees C for 17 days. Thus the organism apparently produces a factor upon cold incubation which is triggering or causing the decline in culturability. Reversing the temperature shift can restore a culturable population comparable in numbers to the original population, but this process is largely due to regrowth. A few cells retaining the ability to grow apparently utilize the substrates released by the moribund cells, thus mimicking resuscitation of the whole population.

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