A System for Studying Microbial Morphogenesis: Rapid Formation of Microcysts in Myxococcus xanthus

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Science  09 Oct 1964:
Vol. 146, Issue 3641, pp. 243-244
DOI: 10.1126/science.146.3641.243


A method has been found for inducing the rapid, quantitative, and relatively synchronous conversion of vegetative rods of a fruiting myxobacterium to microcysts. The conversion is induced by the addition of 0.5M glycerol to a dispersed, growing, liquid culture of Myxococcus xanthus. The vegetative rods are converted to microcysts in about 120 minutes.