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Research project

Microbial hitchhiking

How do nonmotile microbes leverage communal motility?

2020 - 2022
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The aim of the research is to determine how nonmotile microbes utilize the motility machinery of other microbes natively found in their vicinity.

Key publications

Muok, A.R., Claessen, D. & Briegel, A. Microbial hitchhiking: how Streptomyces spores are transported by motile soil bacteria. ISME J (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-021-00952-8

Muok AR, Briegel A. Intermicrobial Hitchhiking: How Nonmotile Microbes Leverage Communal Motility. Trends Microbiol. 2021 Jun;29(6):542-550. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2020.10.005

Model of Streptomyces spore transport by motile soil bacteria
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