Caulobacter crescentus

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Caulobacter crescentus

(kawl-ŏ-băk′tĕr krĕ-sĕn′tŭs)
A single-celled slightly curved bacterium that thrives in watery environments. It exists in two forms: a flagellated swarmer cell, and a stalked cell.
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C. crescentus is a harmless bacterium that has a single protein layer on its surface.
To measure holdfast's strength, scientists at Indiana University and Brown University grew C. crescentus on a piece of lab equipment, called a micropipette, which is thin and bendable.
Because C. crescentus is so small, the pulling force of 1 micronewton actually generates a stress of 70 newtons per square millimetre.
The researchers are now investigating what survival advantage the curved shape might bestow upon C. crescentus.--J.T.