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Self-electrophoresis is not the mechanism for motility in swimming cyanobacteria.

By T P Pitta and H C Berg


Swimming cyanobacteria do not have flagella. In principle, they could be propelled by streams of ions flowing from head to tail, i.e., by a self-electrophoretic mechanism. We have ruled out this possibility by showing that cells of a swimming Synechococcus species fail to drift in an external electric field

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1995
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