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Synechococcus as a "singing" bacterium: biology inspired by micro-engineered acoustic streaming devices

  title={Synechococcus as a "singing" bacterium: biology inspired by micro-engineered acoustic streaming devices},
  author={Kurt M. Ehlers and Jair Koiller},
  journal={arXiv: Biological Physics},
Certain cyanobacteria, such as open ocean strains of Synechococcus, are able to swim at speeds up to 25 diameters per second, without flagella or visible changes in shape. The mea ns by which Synechococcus generates thrust for self-propulsion is unknown. The only mechanism that has not been ruled out employs tangential waves of surface deformations. In (1) the average swimming velocity for this mechanism was estimated using the methods inaugurated by Taylor and Lighthill in the 1950's a nd… 

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