Developmental waves in myxobacteria: A distinctive pattern formation mechanism.

@article{Igoshin2004DevelopmentalWI,
  title={Developmental waves in myxobacteria: A distinctive pattern formation mechanism.},
  author={Oleg A. Igoshin and John Neu and George F. Oster},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  year={2004},
  volume={70 4 Pt 1},
  pages={041911}
}
In early stages of their development, starving myxobacteria organize their motion to produce a periodic pattern of traveling cell density waves. These waves arise from coordination of individual cell reversals by contact signaling when they collide. Unlike waves generated by reaction-diffusion instabilities, which annihilate on collision, myxobacteria waves appear to pass through one another unaffected. Here we analyze a mathematical model of these waves developed earlier [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci… CONTINUE READING

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