Bezzi, M., Ciliberto, A. and Mengoni, A. Pattern formation by competition: a biological example. Journal of Biological Physics, 25(4), 1999.

Sony CSL authors: Michele Bezzi


We present a simple model based on a reaction-diffusion equation to explain pattern formation in a multicellular bacterium (Streptomyces). We assume competition for resources as the basic mechanism that leads to pattern formation; in particular we are able to reproduce the spatial pattern formed by bacterial aerial mycelium in the case of growth in minimal (low resources) and maximal (large resources) culture media.

Keywords: Competition, fitness, multicellular bacteria, pattern formation


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@ARTICLE { bezzi:99a, AUTHOR="Bezzi, M. and Ciliberto, A. and Mengoni, A.", JOURNAL="Journal of Biological Physics", NUMBER="4", TITLE="Pattern formation by competition: a biological example", VOLUME="25", YEAR="1999", }