Flagellum-independent trail formation of escherichia coli on semi-solid agar

Hajime Fukuoka, Michio Homma, Shigeyuki Ichihara

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Escherichia coli can form linear trails and move in a flagellum-independent manner on semisolid agar containing carbon sources. Trail formation seemed to correlate with the growth speed and/or carbon metabolism. Cell morphology in linear trails changed into larger cell sizes. We speculate that the flagellum-independent trail formation is a new mechanism for migration of E. coli cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1802-1805
Number of pages4
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan 1


  • Cell morphology
  • Escherichia coli
  • Flagella
  • Growth
  • Migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry


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