It is being increasingly realised that bacteria communicate and cooperate to perform a wide range of multicellular behaviours such as dispersal, foraging, biofilm formation, chemical warfare and quorum sensing. Such behaviours are of interest to molecular microbiologists, evolutionary biologists and ecologists which has led to a large research interest in a relatively new field.... sociomicrobiology.
Our group, based at the University of Nottingham, is interested in explaining cooperation, conflict and communication in microbes, and the implications for the evolution of virulence and disease.
A good review of social evolution and how it applies to microbes can be found here.
Sociomicrobiology, quorum sensing, and the evolution of virulence
Latest lab news
Our paper describing an ex vivo pig lung model for studying colonisation, virulence and signalling in lung tissue has been published in Infection & Immunity. It's open access so view it here.