Rapid bacterial swimming measured in swarming cells of Thiovulum majus

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Swarming cells of the sulfide-oxidizing bacterium Thiovulum majus form bands and show bioconvective patterns of swimming when placed in vessels containing H2S/O2 interfaces. Measurements of swimming velocities with video microscopic recordings under such conditions showed mean cell speeds as high as 615 μm s-1, unprecedented in bacteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3560-3563
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of bacteriology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


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  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

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