Bacterial mortality and the fate of bacterial production

  title={Bacterial mortality and the fate of bacterial production},
  author={Michael L Pace},
Knowledge of the rates of bacterial mortality, particularly predatory mortality, is important in determining the fate of bacterial production. Communities of planktonic bacteria have specific growth rates on the order of 1 d−1, but there is relatively little variation in bacterial abundance, implying that growth and mortality are closely coupled. A review of the mechanisms of bacterial mortality suggests that predation and parasitism are the most likely factors balancing the rapid rates of… CONTINUE READING
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