Ecological Variables Affecting Predatory Success in Myxococcus xanthus

  title={Ecological Variables Affecting Predatory Success in Myxococcus xanthus},
  author={Kristina Hillesland and Richard E. Lenski and Gregory J. Velicer},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
The feeding efficiency of microbial predators depends on both the availability of various prey species and abiotic variables. Myxococcus xanthus is a bacterial predator that searches for microbial prey by gliding motility, and then kills and lyses its prey with secreted compounds. We manipulated three ecological variables to examine their effects on the predatory performance of M. xanthus to better understand its behavior and how it affects prey populations. Experiments were designed to… CONTINUE READING