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Several Gram-negative soil bacteria have the ability to differentiate into dormant cysts when faced with harsh environmental conditions. For example, when challenged with nutrient deprivation or desiccation, the plant-growth-promoting bacterium Azospirillum brasilense differentiates from a replicative and motile rod-shaped vegetative cell into a non-motile dormant spherical cyst. Currently, little is known about either the metabolic differences that exist between vegetative and cyst cell types,doi:10.1099/mgen.0.000200 pmid:30058999 fatcat:br4cgalmkjclrb3okdie43xhvm