Oct 2013 - PLoS ONE paper explains bacterial colony size distribution on plant leaves

Bacterial colonies on plant leaves

Explaining bacterial dispersion on leaf surfaces with an individual-based model (PHYLLOSIM)

Annemieke van der Wal, Robin Tecon, Jan-Ulrich Kreft, Wolf M. Mooij, Johan H. J. Leveau (2013)

PLoS ONE 8(10): e75633

Link to paper on journal website via DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0075633

Johan Leveau's group in collaboration with Jan Kreft and Wolf Mooij show that the experimentally observed distribution of bacterial colony sizes on plant leaves cannot be explained by assuming patchy distribution of resources, but it can be explained by assuming detachment of single cells from growing microcolonies.

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