Self-similar tip growth in filamentary organisms

Alain Goriely, Michael Tabor

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The growth and the evolution of fingerlike and filamentary structures, such as occur in the Hele-Shaw cell and dendritic growth, were long topics of interest in condensed matter physics. A family of microorganisms, the prokaryotic actinomycetes, that grow as fingerlike structures in which the growth activity was concentrated at the tip. Analogies with the given physical problems were tantalizing but, the growth process requires very different modeling assumptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number108101
Pages (from-to)108101/1-108101/4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 14 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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