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SUMMARY

The ability of to grow from small inocula (less than 10 organisms) was found to be critically dependent upon the supply of materials produced by this organism (growth-initiating substance, GIS). In contrast, large inocula showed no requirement for added GIS. The growth-promoting activity of GIS was enhanced in the presence of blood. The evidence favours the conclusion that the inoculum-dependent growth characteristics of are attributable to a nutritional heterogeneity of the bacterial population. According to this interpretation, GIS is produced by a relatively small number of bacteria in the population and is excreted by them into the surrounding culture fluid. The excreted material enables growth of the GIS-requiring organisms which constitute a major proportion of the total population. This commensal relationship appears to account for the characteristic all-or-none type of growth response elicited by GIS.

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