Facts and fiction about long-term survival in tardigrades

Ingemar Jönsson, R Bertolani

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Tardigrades have achieved a widespread reputation for an ability to survive more than a century in an inactive, ametabolic state called cryptobiosis, However, a closer look at the empirical evidence provides little support for the claim that tardigrades are capable of century-long survival. Instead, current evidence suggests that a decade may more realistically represent the upper limit of cryptobiotic survival in the most resistant tardigrades.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-123
JournalJournal of Zoology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Theoretical ecology (Closed 2011) (011006011)

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