Properties and Structure

of Bacteria

Global Properties of Bacteria

 

Reproduction

Most bacteria reproduce through binary fission; similar to cell division, it yields two identical daughter cells. The rapid rate of mutation makes bacteria very adaptable.

Motor Skills in Different Bacteria

"A motile E. coli propels itself from place to place by rotating its flagella. To move forward, the flagella rotate counterclockwise...Spirochaetes are helical bacteria which have a specialized internal structure known as the axial filament which is responsible for rotation of the cell in a spiral fashion and consequent locomotion.
Gliding bacteria all secrete copious slime, but the mechanism which propels the cells is not known."
-http://www-micro.msb.le.ac.uk/video/motility.html

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