Rod on a flat surface

Image: Rod on flat surface

Caption: SKL image 3. AFM image of a bacterium on a mineral surface. Bacteria seem to be able to "recognize" mineral surfaces such that they express specific nanoscale biopolymers for particular minerals.

Source: Steven Lower, Department of Geology, University of Maryland.

NSF funding: yes
NIRT proposal: Nanoscale Processes in the Environment: Nanobiogeochemistry of Microbe/Mineral Interactions." Collaboration with Michael Hochella at Virginia Tech.

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