Bio-inspired Information and Communication Technologies. 11th EAI International Conference, BICT 2019, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, March 13–14, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

Space Partitioning and Maze Solving by Bacteria

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-24202-2_13,
        author={Ayyappasamy Perumal and Monalisha Nayak and Viola Tok\^{a}rov\^{a} and Ondřej Kašpar and Dan Nicolau},
        title={Space Partitioning and Maze Solving by Bacteria},
        proceedings={Bio-inspired Information and Communication Technologies. 11th EAI International Conference, BICT 2019, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, March 13--14, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={BICT},
        year={2019},
        month={7},
        keywords={Bacterial motility Microfluidics Maze},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-24202-2_13}
    }
    
  • Ayyappasamy Perumal
    Monalisha Nayak
    Viola Tokárová
    Ondřej Kašpar
    Dan Nicolau
    Year: 2019
    Space Partitioning and Maze Solving by Bacteria
    BICT
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-24202-2_13
Ayyappasamy Perumal1, Monalisha Nayak1, Viola Tokárová, Ondřej Kašpar, Dan Nicolau1,*
  • 1: McGill University
*Contact email: dan.nicolau@mcgill.ca

Abstract

Many bacteria dwell in micro-habitats, e.g., animal or plant tissues, waste matter, and soil. Consequently, bacterial space searching and partitioning is critical to their survival. However, the vast majority of studies regarding the motility of bacteria have been performed in open environments. To fill this gap in knowledge, we studied the behaviour of - in microfluidic channels with sub-10 µm dimensions, which present two types of geometries, namely a diamond-like network and a maze. The velocity, average time spent, and distance required to exit the networks, have been calculated to assess the intelligent-like behaviour of bacteria.