Microbes and Environments
Online ISSN : 1347-4405
Print ISSN : 1342-6311
ISSN-L : 1342-6311
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Response to Environmental Stress as a Global Phenomenon in Biology: the Example of Microorganisms
Bouachanh ThammavongsEmmanuel DenouGhalia MissousMicheline GuéguenJean-Michel Panoff
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2008 Volume 23 Issue 1 Pages 20-23

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Any modification of the environment that leads to a physiological, genetic, or epigenetic adaptive response in microorganisms may be considered as a stress. Historically, forms of stresses affecting biological structures were classified either as non-thermal, such as osmotic, oxidative, or acid stress or as thermal stress, hot or cold. Currently, the classification in biology is as abiotic, including physical and chemical stress, or biotic. The aim of this mini-review is to show, through the example of microorganisms, that the response to stress can be considered, in biology, as a global phenomenon, which can be extended to anthropogenic pressure.

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