Bacterial endospores and their significance in stress resistance

@article{Nicholson2004BacterialEA,
  title={Bacterial endospores and their significance in stress resistance},
  author={Wayne L. Nicholson and Patricia Fajardo-Cavazos and Roberto Rebeil and Tony A. Slieman and Paul J. Riesenman and Jocelyn F. Law and Yaming Xue},
  journal={Antonie van Leeuwenhoek},
  year={2004},
  volume={81},
  pages={27-32}
}
In terms of resistance to extreme environmental stresses, the bacterial spore represents a pinnacle of evolution. Spores are highly resistant to a wide variety of physical stresses such as: wet and dry heat, UV and gamma radiation, oxidizing agents, chemicals, and extremes of both vacuum and ultrahigh hydrostatic pressure. Some of the molecular mechanisms underlying spore resistance properties have been elucidated in the laboratory, and involve both: (i) protection of vital spore macromolecules… 

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