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Microscale motility: challenges, opportunities, ecological considerations

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UMCW06 - Microbial communities: current approaches and open challenges

Researchers have been deeply fascinated by motility since the days of van Leeuwenhoek, over 350 years ago. It is a key physiological activity that is present in many microbial species, across many phyla, from bacteria to archaea to small eukaryotes. In multicellular organisms many of these ancestral traits are retained, examples include immune cells crawling on substrates, or cilia propelling viscous fluid. Motility is therefore an energetically costly investment, especially for microbial life, so what are some of the advantages that it confers? In this talk I will highlight three distinct examples of motility at the microscopic scale, focussing on mechanisms, dynamics and stochastic behaviours at the individual level. 

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