Small, Round, and Slow: The Microbial Response to Energy Limitation

It’s not easy being a microorganism out in the big wide world, given the constantly changing environmental conditions and an ever-present threat of predation. But perhaps the most pervasive challenge of all is energy limitation. Since life has seemingly spread to fill all available niches, most organisms likely live on the edge of energetic possibility, quickly pouncing on new food and modulating metabolic behavior during the lean times. In a wide-ranging review, Mark Lever and an all-star l

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