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Swimming statistics of cargo-loaded single bacteria

TitleSwimming statistics of cargo-loaded single bacteria
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsPrakash, P, Abdulla, AZ, Singh, V, Varma, M
JournalarXiv preprint arXiv:2005.12070

Burgeoning interest in the area of bacteria-powered micro robotic systems prompted us to study the dynamics of cargo transport by single bacteria. In this paper, we have studied the swimming behaviour of oil-droplets attached as a cargo to the cell bodies of single bacteria. The oil-droplet loaded bacteria exhibit super-diffusive motion which is characterized by high degree of directional persistence. Interestingly, bacteria could navigate even when loaded with oil-droplets as large as 8 microns with an effective increase in rotational drag by more than 2 orders when compared to free bacteria. Further, the directional persistence of oil-droplet loaded bacteria was independent of the cargo size.