A growing biofilm forms a starburst-like pattern
Sticky patches of bacteria called biofilms often form intricate, starburst-like patterns as they grow. Pictured here is the surface topography of a Vibrio cholerae biofilm after 40 hours of growth on 0.6% agar.
[Research supported by National Science Foundation grants MCB 1344191, DMR 1420541 and MCB 1713731.]
Learn more in the Princeton University news story Mechanical forces shape bacterial biofilms’ puzzling patterns. (Date image taken: March 2018; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: July 18, 2020)
Credit: Chenyi Fei, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
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