a motorious microbe

It’s starting to be a tradition that we redirect our motions from the lab towards the SOLA relay race once a year. Inspired by our research activities, we headed to our starting lines as motorious microbes with a strong taxis (directed motion towards or away from a stimulus) towards the end line. No matter the environmental challenge we faced, whether we had to run under sunlight induced heat, we faced sudden water flow from above or we had to climb steep gradients, we remained motile and showed positive taxis towards the end line. And in the spirit of microbes being social organisms, we chemotaxed (directed motion towards a chemical gradient, i.e. food) to the potluck dinner to celebrate the successful day together.
(Text: Dorothee Kurz)