A microfluidics-based in situ chemotaxis assay to study the behaviour of aquatic microbial communities.

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Journal Article
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Nat Microbiol, 2017
Issue Date:
2017-08-28
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Microbial interactions influence the productivity and biogeochemistry of the ocean, yet they occur in miniscule volumes that cannot be sampled by traditional oceanographic techniques. To investigate the behaviours of marine microorganisms at spatially relevant scales, we engineered an in situ chemotaxis assay (ISCA) based on microfluidic technology. Here, we describe the fabrication, testing and first field results of the ISCA, demonstrating its value in accessing the microbial behaviours that shape marine ecosystems.A microfluidics-based assay for in situ chemotaxis experiments.
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