cell size

martin adler kapib01 at commlink.zdv.uni-tuebingen.de
Thu Apr 25 00:53:57 EST 1996



On Wed, 24 Apr 1996, Gavin/Kim Harrison wrote:

> 
>    I have recently received mail on a question I posted earlier this week
> about surface area/ volume ratios.  The letter I received stated that
> bacterial cells have the highest surface area/volume ratio.  Is this
> true?  

if the shape is the same, the smaller the particle, the higher the
surface/volume area. its just mathematics, you can try it with cubes
or spheres.

     The project I am currently working on deals with the efficiency of
> cells depending on their surface area or volume.  Are cells more efficient
> if their S/V ratio is greater?  Is there an ideal S/V ratio?  Your help is
> appreciated.

efficient in what? ideal what for?

cheers,

martin adler



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