As the bacteria grow within a biofilm, they organize themselves into reproducible patterns and shapes that can be predicted with mathematical models.
Image: Confocal microscopy of a bacterial biofilm composed of Escherichia coli expressing the fluorescent proteins mCherry and sfGFP. The image was acquired on a Leica SP5 confocal microscope using a 2.5X dry objective. Images were taken at the Haseloff lab within the Department of Plant Sciences.
Credit: Cell Picture Show, by Fernan Federici, PJ Steiner, Tim Rudge, and Jim Haseloff, University of Cambridge