Bacterial spores are the most resistant life forms known. They can survive extremes of heat and pH, and high doses of radiation and disinfectants. For this reason, they are often implicated in the spoilage of processed foods, and some species can additionally cause foodborne infection or intoxication. Traditionally, the resistance of spores to heat and other stresses has been considered a stable property,characteristic for each species, and ...
Fossil spores of coprophilous fungi in Ugandan lake sediments: expanding the biological toolbox to reconstruct the history of pastoralism in East Africa Ghent University
Knowledge on how ancient indigenous East African people used its landscape and natural resources is shrouded behind a curtain of scarce archaeological finds and lack of written sources. This project aims to reconstruct the history of pastoralism (animal husbandry) by optimizing a palaeoecological tool based on the assemblages of fossil spores of coprophilous (dung-loving) fungi preserved in dated lake sediments.