Journal article

Flagella, flexibility and flow: Physical processes in microbial ecology

DR Brumley, R Rusconi, K Son, R Stocker

EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL-SPECIAL TOPICS | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2015

Abstract

How microorganisms interact with their environment and with their conspecifics depends strongly on their mechanical properties, on the hydrodynamic signatures they generate while swimming and on fluid flows in their environment. The rich fluid-structure interaction between flagella – the appendages microorganisms use for propulsion – and the surrounding flow, has broad reaching effects for both eukaryotic and prokaryotic microorganisms. Here, we discuss selected recent advances in our understanding of the physical ecology of microorganisms, which have hinged on the ability to directly interrogate the movement of individual cells and their swimming appendages, in precisely controlled fluid en..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Marine Microbiology Initiative Investigator Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge support through a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship (to D.R.B.), a Samsung Scholarship (to K.S.), and a Marine Microbiology Initiative Investigator Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF3783, to R.S.). The authors also thank G. Gorick for help with some of the figures.