Common theories of microbial growth and physiology are formulated exclusively in terms of the isolated microorganisms -especially bacteria. This is, however, an inadmissible simplification because it is obvious that the organization of microbial populations and colonies follows certain general rules. Bacterial colonies are able to generate complex interfacial growth patterns similar to those observed during diffusion-limited growth processes in non-living systems. One reason for these patterns is assumed to b…
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