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Light controls motility and phase separation of photosynthetic microbes

  title={Light controls motility and phase separation of photosynthetic microbes},
  author={Alexandros A. Fragkopoulos and J{\'e}r{\'e}my Vachier and Johannes Frey and F. Menn and Michael Wilczek and Marco G. Mazza and Oliver Baumchen},
  journal={arXiv: Biological Physics},
Large ensembles of interacting, out-of-equilibrium agents are a paradigm of active matter. Their constituents' intrinsic activity may entail the spontaneous separation into localized phases of high and low densities. Motile microbes, equipped with ATP-fueled engines, are prime examples of such phase-separating active matter, which is fundamental in myriad biological processes. The fact that spontaneous spatial aggregation is not widely recognized as a general feature of microbial communities… 

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