How dead is dead? 5th conference on exploring the edge of bacterial life
This international conference series points to the difficulties of defining and proving the borders of bacterial life and death, and the consequences of these problems as regards its relevance for human and animal health but also for the functioning of technical and natural ecosystems.
Important questions arising are:
- How can the status of viable but non-culturable (VBNC) cells, persisters, sleepers, etc. be described?
- Are bacteria that cannot grow (anymore) on standard media dead and non-hazardous?
- How can they be detected?
- Which cellular mechanisms allow them to cope with a variety of stress conditions?
Which relevance do they have for health, technological processes and ecosystems
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