Microbial Systems

Patterns in Time and Space
  • Julian W. T. Wimpenny
Part of the Advances in Microbial Ecology book series (AMIE, volume 12)


In contrast to the rather uniform and sometimes boring manner in which microorganisms present themselves in the laboratory, systems of microbes in nature form complex populations which often show some type of order in environments which are temporally and spatially heterogeneous in physicochemical composition. Examples of such ecosystems are too numerous to review in detail, however; they include a wide range of systems on a huge spatial scale ranging from nanometers to hundreds of meters.


Fruiting Body Pattern Formation Bacillus Cereus Bacterial Coloni Concentric Ring 
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  • Julian W. T. Wimpenny
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  1. 1.School of Pure and Applied BiologyUniversity of Wales, College of CardiffCardiffUK

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