Koch, Arthur L. Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Last reviewed:September 2016
Show previous versions
- Overview of bacterial growth
- Exponential balanced growth
- Culture cycle
- Dependence of growth rate on substrate
- Alternative carbon resources
- Cell division
- Continuous culture
- Growth on surfaces
- Secondary growth phase
- Organismal response to stress
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The processes of both the increase in number and the increase in mass of bacteria. The net growth in a population of bacteria (Fig. 1) depends on its ability to produce new biomass, to produce new cells incorporating that biomass, and to survive under the extant environmental conditions. Because the difficulty of each of these challenges will typically change over time, bacterial growth generally progresses cyclically through different phases. Bacteria have evolved physiological processes that help them to survive the environmental stresses that they encounter, and scientists have identified some of the genetic mechanisms underlying these processes. See also: Bacteria; Bacterial genetics; Bacterial physiology and metabolism; Bacteriology; Microbiology
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 9000 highly qualified scientists and 43 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8500 articles and Research Reviews covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information