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Shape of the growing front of biofilms


Golestanian,  R.       
Department of Living Matter Physics, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Max Planck Society;

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Wang, X., Stone, H. A., & Golestanian, R. (2017). Shape of the growing front of biofilms. New Journal of Physics, 19(12): 125007. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/aa983f.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-A794-B
The spatial organization of bacteria in dense biofilms is key to their collective behaviour, and understanding it will be important for medical and technological applications. Here we study the morphology of a compact biofilm that undergoes unidirectional growth, and determine the condition for the stability of the growing interface as a function of the nutrient concentration and mechanical tension. Our study suggests that transient behaviour may play an important role in shaping the structure of a biofilm. © 2017 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd on behalf of Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.