Bacteria slingshot more on soft surfaces

@article{Zhang2014BacteriaSM,
  title={Bacteria slingshot more on soft surfaces},
  author={Rongrong Zhang and Lei Ni and Zhenyu Jin and Jiahong Li and Fan Jin},
  journal={Nature Communications},
  year={2014},
  volume={5}
}
Adaptive responses greatly improve the competitive capacities of bacteria in diverse environments. Here, we investigate whether bacteria can adapt to a microenvironment with distinctive softness by examining the type-IV pili (TFP)-mediated motility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells on brush-like surfaces that are grafted with a layer of thermally sensitive polymer chains, where the softness of the brush-layer is tunable by applying a small temperature change (from 30 to 37 °C). We report that P… 
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