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Study Results from Institute of Biophysics in the Area of Chemical Engineering Reported (Interaction of Bacterial Populations in Coupled...

July 23, 2014

Study Results from Institute of Biophysics in the Area of Chemical Engineering Reported (Interaction of Bacterial Populations in Coupled Microchambers)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Investigators publish new report on Chemical Engineering. According to news reporting from Szeged, Hungary, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Micro- and nanotechnology offer tools that enable new approaches in microbiology and biotechnology. With microfluidic technologies we are able to manipulate liquids in a precise, well-controlled manner in microscopic dimensions."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the Institute of Biophysics, "A microfluidic setup for studying interacting bacterial populations is presented in this work. Bacterial cultures were grown in a device within distinct microchambers and channels that are separated by porous membranes. This membrane acts as a physical boundary for the populations in each chamber, nevertheless it enables chemical coupling between them. The free diffusional transport of nutrients and secreted products throughout the microfluidic chip results in a chemical anisotropy within the bacterial microhabitats. Such heterogeneities affect the development and spatial distribution of the cell populations. We observed attractive and repulsive interactions between the bacterial populations and showed that chemotaxis and likely intercellular signaling play a fundamental role in these phenomena."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Our results show that at population level biochemical interactions have to be considered when using microreactors or microchambers to culture bacteria."

For more information on this research see: Interaction of Bacterial Populations in Coupled Microchambers. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly, 2014;28(2):225-231. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly can be contacted at: Croatian Soc Chemical Engineering Technology, Berislaviceva 6, PO Box 123, Hr-10000 Zagreb, Croatia.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K. Nagy, Hungarian Academy Sci, Biol Res Center, Inst Biophys, H-6726 Szeged, Hungary. Additional authors for this research include O. Sipos, E. Gombai, A. Kerenyi, S. Valkai, P. Ormos and P. Galajda.

Keywords for this news article include: Szeged, Europe, Hungary, Chemical Engineering

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Source: Journal of Engineering

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