By analysing the growth kinetics of Dictyostelium discoideum amoebae in varying combinations of the components of the nutrient medium HL-5 (Cocucci & Sussman, 1970), we have demonstrated that Dictyostelium amoebae enter stationary phase when they deplete the medium of one or more nutrient components. However, if the medium of a stationary phase culture is supplemented with any of the initial components of HL-5 medium and even when supplemented with all components of HL-5 medium, it does not support the growth of freshly inoculated cells, indicating that stationary phase cultures produce a potent growth inhibitor. The possible function of this inhibitor is discussed.

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