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How microbial communication fashions communities

Bacteria are constantly exchanging information with each other and with organisms from other branches of life. How this information exchange alters the behaviour of individual members or groups to ultimately structure a community is one of the outstanding questions in microbiology.

The articles in this thematic issue frame this important question by applying principles borrowed from the social sciences: what languages do bacteria employ (microbial linguistics), how do they mediate social interactions, how do group behaviours evolve, and how does communication organize a population to create a stable social order (sociomicrobiology)?

Read the following articles which have been edited by Karine Gibbs and Aimee Shen

Editorial: Signals to sociality: how microbial communication fashions communities
Karine A. Gibbs, Aimee Shen
DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw039


Collective behaviour and swarm intelligence in slime moulds
Chris R. Reid, Tanya Latty
DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw033


Cyclic diguanylate signaling in Gram-positive bacteria
Erin B. Purcell, Rita Tamayo
DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw013


Decoding molecular interactions in microbial communities
Nicole A. Abreu, Michiko E. Taga
DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw019


Chemical probes of quorum sensing: from compound development to biological discovery
Michael A. Welsh, Helen E. Blackwell
DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw009


Profiling the metabolic signals involved in chemical communication between microbes using imaging mass spectrometry
Nikolas M. Stasulli, Elizabeth A. Shank
DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw032


Social interactions in bacterial cell-cell signaling
Kyle L. Asfahl, Martin Schuster
DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw038


Specificity and complexity in bacterial quorum-sensing systems
Lisa A. Hawver, Sarah A. Jung, Wai-Leung Ng
DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw014


Antibiotic dialogues: induction of silent biosynthetic gene clusters by exogenous small molecules
Bethany K. Okada, Mohammad R. Seyedsayamdost
DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuw035

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