Bacterial Conversations: Self-Organizing Communities of B. subtilis

This image, captured by Fernan Federici of Cambridge University, shows B. subtilis bacteria organizing themselves into distinct patterns on a Petri dish.

Fernan Federici, Tim Rudge, P.J. Steiner and Jim Haseloff
Cambridge University
Confocal Micrograph

The colors in this image identify distinct lineages of Bacillus subtilis bacteria initially mixed randomly on a Petri dish.  As the bacteria grow, they organize themselves into distinct and reproducible communities illustrated by the colors shown here.  Researchers took this image as part of a project designing artificial genetic circuits in bacterial colonies and plant tissues.

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