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In Situ Mapping of the Mechanical Properties of Biofilms by Particle-tracking Microrheology
 

In Situ Mapping of the Mechanical Properties of Biofilms by Particle-tracking Microrheology

Article DOI: 10.3791/53093
December 4th, 2015

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Summary December 4th, 2015

Particle-tracking microrheology investigates the viscoelasticity of materials. Here, the technique is used to determine the viscoelasticity, creep compliance and effective crosslinking roles of different matrix components of a bacterial biofilm. The matrix consists of polymeric substances secreted by the bacteria and its components determine biofilm structure and mechanical properties.

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