Magnetite and magnetotaxis in microorganisms

Bioelectromagnetics. 1989;10(3):223-37. doi: 10.1002/bem.2250100303.


Magnetotactic bacteria from freshwater and marine sediments orient and navigate along geomagnetic field lines. Their magnetotactic response is based on intracellular, single magnetic domains of ferrimagnetic magnetite, which impart a permanent magnetic dipole moment to the cell.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacterial Physiological Phenomena*
  • Cell Movement
  • Ferrosoferric Oxide
  • Iron / physiology*
  • Magnetics*
  • Oxides*


  • Oxides
  • Iron
  • Ferrosoferric Oxide