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


"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)

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Life on the rocksGorbushina, A. A.