How does a bacterium make sense of the world?

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University of Groningen press release

Period11-Oct-2017 → 17-Oct-2017

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  • TitleHow does a bacterium make sense of the world?
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletUG Press release
    Media typeWeb
    CountryNetherlands
    Date17/10/2017
    DescriptionBacteria use a variety of sensing mechanisms to respond adaptively to changes in their environment. One important cue could be how many cells of their own species are present (a mechanism called ‘quorum sensing’). However, scientists disagree on whether bacteria really are able to assess their own population density and whether they care about this information or base their decisions on other factors. University of Groningen biologists combined experiments and a mathematical model to show just what counts for a bacterium. The results were published in Nature Communications on 11 October.
    Producer/AuthorUG
    URLhttps://www.rug.nl/news/2017/10/how-does-a-bacterium-make-sense-of-the-world
    PersonsSander van Doorn, Stefany Moreno Gamez, Franz Weissing, Jan Veening

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