Bacterial gangs: United and strong by means of quorum sensing

Oscar P. Kuipers, Ákos T. Kovács

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterCommunication

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Microorganisms can effectively communicate with each other. They share information about their community size (quorum), and thereby their nutrient requirement, then take appropriate action such as moving away. They use signalling molecules to coordinate their behaviour. These compounds, like similar molecules in humans, are called pheromones.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMighty Microbes: the amazing world of microorganisms
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-90-816644-4-8
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Microbiology
  • Quorum sensing
  • Communication


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