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Swarming in Bacteria: A Tale of Plasticity in Motility Behavior

Jose, R and Singh, V (2020) Swarming in Bacteria: A Tale of Plasticity in Motility Behavior. In: Journal of the Indian Institute of Science, 100 (3). pp. 515-524.

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s41745-020-00177-2


One of the most fascinating sights in nature is to witness certain insects, birds, and fish move together in a very coordinated and precise fashion for food search, to avoid predation and for migration. The collective movement is called swarming. In 1885, Gustav Hauser, a German pathologist discovered collective movement in a bacterium he later named Proteus mirabilis (Armbruster and Mobley in, Nat Rev Microbiol 30: 186�194, 2013). It was not until 1972 when this mode of bacterial movement was characterized and classified by Henrichsen (Bacteriol Rev 36: 478�503, 1972). Several bacteria are now known to exhibit swarming. Here we describe the how and why of swarming with a focus on plasticity. © 2020, Indian Institute of Science.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of the Indian Institute of Science
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to Springer
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2020 11:10
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2020 11:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/65881

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