Heterogeneity in flagella-mediated motility

In planktonic cultures, Shewanella putrefaciens CN-32 employs a bet-hedging strategy with respect to flagella-mediated motility: A subpopulation of the cells elaborates a secondary flagellar system in addition to the single polar system. In the proposed studies, we will determine how such a second flagellar system affects the swimming and navigation performance of the cells. In addition, we will identify the regulatory networks required to establish the heterogeneity in the population.


Contact details:
Prof. Dr. Kai Thormann
Institute for Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
D-35392 Giessen
Tel.: +49-(0)641 99-35545
Fax.: +49-(0)641 99-35549
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Student working on the project: Dipl. Biol. Florian Roßmann
Collaboration with Prof. Dr. Victor Sourjik, University of Heidelberg
Chemotaxis with two flagellar systems, modeling of swimming patterns