Université de Neuchâtel

Gains of Bacterial Flagellar Motility in a Fungal World

Pion, Martin ; Bshary, Redouan ; Bindschedler, Saskia ; Filippidou, Sevasti ; Wick, Lukas Y ; Job, Daniel ; Junier, Pilar

In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2013, vol. 79, no. 22, p. 6862-6867

The maintenance of energetically costly flagella by bacteria in non-water-saturated media, such as soil, still presents an evolutionary conundrum. Potential explanations have focused on rare flooding events allowing dispersal. Such scenarios, however, overlook bacterial dispersal along mycelia as a possible transport mechanism in soils. The hypothesis tested in this study is that dispersal along...