Effect of benzyl alcohol and ethanol on cold-shock response ofBacillus subtilis

Benzyl alcohol and ethanol were found to exhibit an opposite effect on cold adaptation ofBacillus subtilis. The growth lag induced in bacteria by temperature shift-down was reduced in the presence of benzyl alcohol from 80 to 58 min, whereas ethanol prolonged this interval up to 102 min. In parallel, the physical state of the cytoplasmic membrane in intact… CONTINUE READING