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Bacterial Growth Curve

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Bacterial Growth Curve
 
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  •  There are 4 key phases in bacterial growth
    • lag phase
      • an increase in metabolic activity with no increase in cell count
    • log phase
      • a rapid expansion of cell count
    • stationary phase
      • a slowing of cell count expansion secondary to reduced nutrients
      • bacteria begin to form spores
    • death phase
      • consuption of resources and build up of waste results in bacterial death

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