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Home of the motility database
A server containing test datasets of raw holograms of motile microorganisms. Reconstruction and processing software are all available open source as Fiji plugins. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in these data.
An open archive of videos of microbial motility in three dimensions for scientists, educators, and the public.
What role does microbial motility play in aquatic environments: oceans, lakes, and inside the pores of sea ice?
When microbes lose the ability to swim, what will make them swim again–temperature, amino acids, sugars? How long does it take to go from motile to non-motile?
Is microbial motility substantially different in extremely cold and nutrient poor environments (such as the Arctic) than in more temperate environments (such as off Scripps pier)?
Can we build a microscope to look for microbial motility on an icy moon of Jupiter or Saturn? How can motility be a biosignature that complements biochemical biosignatures of life on other planets?