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Colonial living leads to long-term survival: fungi

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Aspergillus on a tomato / Multimotyl / LicenseGFDL - Gnu Free Document License

Free-living ascomycetes survive unfavorable conditions by forming pseudo tissue-like microcolonies.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"The capacity to survive long periods of suspended metabolism allows free-living ascomycetes to remain as colonies made up of pseudo tissue-like microcolonies comprising 100–500 cells for several decades until conditions favourable to further growth return." (Gorbushina 2007:1620)
About the inspiring organism
Ascomycota
Ascomycota

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Anti-aging methods, tissue and cell culture methods, cyropreservation, cell storage, storage of pathogens, retardation of bacterial and fungal growth.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Medicine, Water Purification

Experts
Geomicrobiology Group
Anna Gorbushina
Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
References
Gorbushina, A. A. 2007. Life on the rocks. Environmental Microbiology. 9(7): 1613-1631.
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