Free-living ascomycetes survive unfavorable conditions by forming pseudo tissue-like microcolonies.
"The capacity to survive long periods of suspended metabolism allows free-living ascomycetes to remain as colonies made up of pseudo tissue-like microcolonies comprising 100–500 cells for several decades until conditions favourable to further growth return." (Gorbushina 2007:1620)
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- Gorbushina, A. A. 2007. Life on the rocks. Environmental Microbiology. 9(7): 1613-1631.
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