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High gradient magnetic separation of motile and non-motile magnetotactic bacteria

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3 Author(s)
A. S. Bahaj ; Inst. of Cryogenics & Energy Res., Southampton Univ., UK ; P. A. B. James ; F. D. Moeschler

Motile magnetotactic bacteria are normally separated from a solution by applying a low intensity (mT) orientating magnetic field. This constrains the bacteria to swim in the required direction. High gradient magnetic separation (HGMS) is a well established method for the extraction of magnetic particles from solutions. This paper reports on the separation properties of both motile and non-motile magnetotactic bacteria using both techniques. A comparison of HGMS separation with low field orientational magnetic separation is made and the conditions under which HGMS becomes beneficial are considered

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 5 )