Social Evolution of Spatial Patterns in Bacterial Biofilms: When Conflict Drives Disorder

  title={Social Evolution of Spatial Patterns in Bacterial Biofilms: When Conflict Drives Disorder},
  author={Jo{\~a}o Barcellos Xavier and Esteban Mart{\'i}nez-Garc{\'i}a and Kevin R. Foster},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={1 - 12}
A key feature of biological systems is the emergence of higher‐order structures from interacting units, such as the development of tissues from individual cells and the elaborate divisions of labor in insect societies. Little is known, however, of how evolutionary competition among individuals affects biological organization. Here we explore this link in bacterial biofilms, concrete systems that are well known for higher‐order structures. We present a mechanistic model of cell growth at a… 

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