The discovery of magnetotactic/magnetosensitive bacteria

  title={The discovery of magnetotactic/magnetosensitive bacteria},
  author={Richard B. Frankel},
  journal={Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology},
  • R. Frankel
  • Published 27 March 2009
  • Biology
  • Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology
Magnetotactic bacteria orient and migrate along magnetic field lines in aquatic habitats. The first paper on this phenomenon was written by Richard P. Blakemore (Blakemore, 1975; 1982). In that paper, Blakemore described bacteria collected from a pond in Woods Hole, Massachusetts that migrated persistently northward in the geomagnetic field. He named the behavior “magnetotaxis.” He proposed that northward migration along geomagnetic field lines in the northern hemisphere would cause the… 

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