How Do Spores Select Where to Settle?

A Holographic Motility Analysis of Ulva Zoospores on Different Surfaces

  • Matthias¬†Heydt

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Matthias Heydt
    Pages 1-4
  3. Matthias Heydt
    Pages 5-11
  4. Matthias Heydt
    Pages 13-30
  5. Matthias Heydt
    Pages 31-50
  6. Matthia Heydt
    Pages 111-113
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 115-178

About this book


In this thesis, Matthias Heydt applies digital in-line holography to achieve for the first time a complete three dimensional and real time motion analysis of Ulva zoospores, both in solution and in the vicinity of different surfaces. These results provide previously unknown information about the behavior and mechanism spores use to select a suitable site for settlement. This work gives deeper insight into biofouling algae and stimulates new design strategies for antifouling coatings. Furthermore, the tracking system developed during this research could be used as a new system for assessing the antifouling performance on different surfaces at very early points in time, allowing disentanglement of surface conditioning and interaction of spores with pristine chemistries.


3D swimming pattern analysis 3D swimming pattern analysis antifouling coatings antifouling coatings biofouling algae biofouling algae digital inline-holography digital inline-holography exploration behaviour exploration behaviour motility analysis of Ulva spores motility analysis of Ulva spores particle tracking particle tracking settlement site selection settlement site selection

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthias¬†Heydt
    • 1
  1. 1., Dept. of Applied Physical ChemistryUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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