Viable but nonculturable (VBNC) bacteria
"Viable-but-nonculturable (VBNC) bacteria are those in a state of very low metabolic activity and do not divide, but are alive and have the ability to become culturable once resuscitated." (Oliver 2009)
Distinguished University Professor - University of Maryland College Park
Dr. Rita Colwell’s interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health and Dr. Colwell developed an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world, in collaboration with Safe Water Network, headquartered in New York City.