EF4 – Particles and Agents



The impact of dormancy on the evolutionary, ecological and
pathogenic properties of microbial populations

Project Heads

Jochen Blath, Maite Wilke Berenguer

Project Members


Project Duration

01.04.2021 − 31.03.2024

Located at

HU Berlin


Dormancy is an ubiquitous trait in microbial communities. It describes the ability of an organism to switch into a metabolically inactive and protected state, for example in response to environmental stress. Dormancy has important implications for the evolutionary, ecological and pathogenic character of microbial systems. This project derives and analyses new stochastic individual based models for the dynamics of dormancy-exhibiting biological systems.

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