Fig. (3) Comparison of the bacterial growth before desiccation (A and C) and bacterial growth after rehydration of desiccated cells (at 18 DABD) (B and D) . Experimented strains were K. variicola T29A (A and B) and the mutant KvDSM 15 (C and D); selected as ‚Äúpresumptively sensitive‚ÄĚ. MSDP method was used for the quantification of bacterial cells (CFU/mL). It is noteworthy that the mutant strain exhibited a considerable decrease in its survival.