FIGURE 1: Chronological life span and thermotolerance of stationary-phase cultures is much lower under anaerobic than under aerobic conditions.

Chronological life span (A): survival expressed as ratio of colony forming units divided by the number of cells plated, during aerobic and anaerobic SP cultures. Time point zero indicates the onset of SP, which corresponds to exogenous glucose exhaustion in anaerobic cultures and exhaustion of all exogenous carbon sources including ethanol and organic acids in aerobic cultures.

Thermotolerance (B): loss of viability after sudden exposure of cells from aerobic and anaerobic cultures during early SP to 53°C. Open symbols (○) represent aerobic cultures, closed symbols (●) anaerobic cultures. Data represent the average and SEM of measurements on independent duplicate cultures.

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