Secretion of sugar polymers modulates multicellularity in the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus

ScienceDaily | Aug 12, 2020 at 8:32 PM
  • Professor Salim Timo Islam has been carrying out research in bacterial physiology for four years, focusing on the interactions of bacterial cells with each other, as well as with underlying surfaces.
  • More precisely, their work revolves around the factors that allow cells to multiply, specialize, communicate, interact, and move.
  • As part of this study, the researchers studied the basis for this evolutionary transition on a smaller scale: the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus.