Microbial primer: bacterial growth kinetics

Lorena T. Fernández-Martínez, Arnaud Javelle, Paul A. Hoskisson

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Growth of microorganisms and interpretation of growth data are core skills required by microbiologists. While science moves forward, it is of paramount importance that essential skills are not lost. The bacterial growth curve and the information that can gleaned from it is of great value to all of microbiology, whether this be a simple growth experiment, comparison of mutant strains or the establishment of conditions for a large-scale multi-omics experiment. Increasingly, the basics of plotting and interpreting growth curves and growth data are being overlooked. This primer article serves as a refresher for microbiologists on the fundamentals of microbial growth kinetics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number001428
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2024


  • growth curve
  • bacterial growth
  • chemostat


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