General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 127–133 | Cite as

Bacterial chemotaxis: A survey

  • Ralph Schiller


Chemotactic bacteria likeE. coli respond to chemical gradients. The translational movements of individual cells can be traced. These are coupled to the rotation of the cell body. Both types of motions are regular in temporal attractant or repellent gradients. A corresponding regularity is observed for bacterial populations in spatial gradients. The distribution of a bacterial population is space and time may be described by a diffusion equation linked to the motions of single cells.


Single Cell Cell Body Individual Cell Diffusion Equation Differential Geometry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph Schiller
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsStevens Institute of TechnologyHoboken

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