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Myxobacteria

  1. Martin Dworkin

Published Online: 28 SEP 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020391

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Dworkin, M. 2007. Myxobacteria. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 SEP 2007

Abstract

The myxobacteria are a group of prokaryotes that are defined by their ability to form multicellular structures called fruiting bodies, and by their gliding motility. They coordinate their social behaviour by means of the exchange of a set of chemical signals as well as by contact-mediated cell–cell interactions.

Keywords:

  • myxobacteria;
  • social bacteria;
  • morphogenesis;
  • fruiting bodies;
  • gliding motility