L. Mahadevan and Team Describe How Bacteria Spread in Different Forms

April 30, 2019
Bacillus subtilis swarm by Adrian Daerr

Prof. L. Mahadevan and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences researchers have developed a new model to describe how bacteria spread in different forms. The study, published in the open-access journal, eLife, combines mechanics, hydrodynamics and transport to describe the dynamics of growth and formation of thin bacterial swarms and biofilms; revealing the spread in both forms of microbial community are limited by the constraints of water and nutrient availability. The researchers continue their work to next develop their model to help identify potential strategies for limiting the spread of harmful bacteria.

Image: Bacillus subtilis swarm by Adrian Daerr
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