Animation of Endospore Germination

The endospore can survive harsh environments until a variety of environmental stimuli trigger germination, allowing outgrowth of a single vegetative bacterium.

GIF animation of Bacterial Endospore Germination.gif by Gary E. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology, The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
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Last updated: July, 2018
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