Microbial strain adaptation
Microbes show a surprisingly capability to adapt to changing environments, this is due to the possibility for a given genotype to express remarkably different phenotypes. Indeed, any given phenotype can be regarded as a fixed-point attractor in the phenotype space. When properly perturbed, microbes can “jump” from one attractor to another thus displaying different “attitudes” (i.e. phenotypes) toward experimental conditions such as temperature, pH, contaminants and solvent concentration.
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