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Bacterial communication

Mahadevan, S (2002) Bacterial communication. In: Journal of Biosciences, 27 (5). pp. 443-444.


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For a long time, the ability to communicate has been considered as an exclusive property of multicellular "higher" organisms. However, research over the past few decades has raised serious doubts about this point of view. Complex behaviours such as chemotaxis, quorum sensing and biofilm formation show that bacteria can communicate with the environment, within the species and with other species (O'Toole et al 2000; Miller and Bassler 2001 for reviews). Apparently bacteria use physical signals as part of sophisticated signalling systems that function over distances that are substantially larger than cellular dimensions (which are of the order of one to a few \mu m).

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Biosciences
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Keywords: Bacteria;bacterial communication;signalling systems;prokaryotes
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:12
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/209

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