Welcome to the SPP 1617

Phenotypic heterogeneity is a phenomenon where genetically indentical cells aquire distinct phenotypes. In many cases the switching of phenotypic states and stable formation of two or more subpopulations can be considered as special type of suvival or adaptation strategy. The Priority Programme SPP 1617 aims at the characterisation of the molecular mechanisms of bacterial phenotypic heterogeneity, the elucidation of its biological significance, and answering the question how evolution gave rise to genotypes that express diverse phenotypes.