Behaviour of Micro-organisms

Based on the Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Microbiology held in Mexico City

  • A. Pérez-Miravete

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Chemotaxis and Chemotropism

    1. J. Adler
      Pages 1-15
    2. S. Dryl
      Pages 16-30
    3. R. L. Miller
      Pages 31-47
    4. J. P. Mascarenhas
      Pages 62-69
  3. Phototaxis

  4. Role of the Cell Membrane in Behaviour of Paramecium

  5. Amoeboid Movement and Behaviour

    1. R. D. Allen, M. Haberey
      Pages 157-167
  6. Flagella and Cilia

    1. K. Dimmitt, S. Emerson, K. Tokuyasu, M. Simon
      Pages 169-181
    2. M. L. DePamphilis
      Pages 182-194
    3. P. Satir
      Pages 214-228
  7. Habituation and Other Behaviour Modification

    1. E. M. Eisenstein, D. Osborn, H. J. Blair
      Pages 247-256
  8. Biological Clocks

    1. J. W. Hastings
      Pages 267-281
    2. D. O. Woodward, M. L. Sargent
      Pages 282-296

About this book


Organisms are constantly being bombarded by stimuli in their envi­ ronment (and also by internal stimuli), and a common way of responding is by movement. This is an aspect of irritability, or excitability, or behaviour. Response to stimuli by movement is found in all organisms: it represents one of the universalities of biology. Yet at the molecular level it is one of the least understood of biological phenomena. Micro-organisms are no exception. If motile, they respond to stimuli by active movement (taxis); if sessile, they respond by growth movements (tropisms). Responses by movement are known among micro-organisms to such stimuli as chemicals, electric current, gravity, light, temperature, touch, and vibrations. The behaviour of micro-organisms is an exciting subject, first of all for its own sake, but in addition because it may reveal facts and concepts that are applicable to understanding behaviour in more complicated organisms (even us) and because it may, help to understand the movement of cells and tissues during differentiation and development of higher plants and animals.


behavior biology cell cells development genetics growth tissue

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  • A. Pérez-Miravete
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