Even Bacteria Use Social Networks

July 19, 2013

Using several imaging techniques, a team of scientists that includes members of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division found that a common soil bacterium stays connected by a network of chain-like membranes. They believe the bacterium uses its network to coordinate social activities — such as evading bacterial enemies and snaring prey — without revealing its location. The research could shed light on how other bacteria work together to pull off important processes, such as breaking down plant material for biofuel production or cleaning up underground toxins. More>

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