Problems & Paradigms
Oligotrophs versus copiotrophs
Article first published online: 12 JUL 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Volume 23, Issue 7, pages 657–661, July 2001
How to Cite
Koch, A. L. (2001), Oligotrophs versus copiotrophs. Bioessays, 23: 657–661. doi: 10.1002/bies.1091
- Issue published online: 12 JUL 2001
- Article first published online: 12 JUL 2001
Bacteria can grow rapidly, yet there are some that grow slowly under apparent optimal conditions. These organisms are usually present in environments with low levels of nutrients, and are not found in conditions of more plentiful nutrients. They are known as “oligotrophs”in contrast to “copiotrophs”, which are common in environments with greater nutritional opportunities. This essay asks why do the oligotrophs not occupy richer environments, and why are copiotrophs not more prevalent in chronic starvation environments? BioEssays 23:657–661, 2001. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.