Social Conflict in Centimeter-and Global-Scale Populations of the Bacterium Myxococcus xanthus

@article{Vos2009SocialCI,
  title={Social Conflict in Centimeter-and Global-Scale Populations of the Bacterium Myxococcus xanthus},
  author={Michiel Vos and Gregory J. Velicer},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={19},
  pages={1763-1767}
}
Social interactions among microbes that engage in cooperative behaviors are well studied in laboratory contexts [1, 2], but little is known about the scales at which initially cooperative microbes diversify into socially conflicting genotypes in nature. The predatory soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus responds to starvation by cooperatively forming multicellular fruiting bodies in which a portion of the population differentiates into stress-resistant spores [3, 4]. Natural M. xanthus populations… CONTINUE READING
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