Social evolution theory for microorganisms

@article{West2006SocialET,
  title={Social evolution theory for microorganisms},
  author={Stuart A. West and Ashleigh S Griffin and Andy Gardner and Stephen P Diggle},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={4},
  pages={597-607}
}
Microorganisms communicate and cooperate to perform a wide range of multicellular behaviours, such as dispersal, nutrient acquisition, biofilm formation and quorum sensing. Microbiologists are rapidly gaining a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in these behaviours, and the underlying genetic regulation. Such behaviours are also interesting from the perspective of social evolution ? why do microorganisms engage in these behaviours given that cooperative individuals can… CONTINUE READING
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