Image of the Day: Bacterial Highways

Fungal pathways in cheese rinds affect the composition of bacterial communities residing there.

By The Scientist Staff | January 25, 2018

Serratia proteamaculans swim on the hyphae of the fungus Mucor lanceolatusBENJAMIN WOLFEThe cheese rind bacteria Serratia proteamaculans follow physical networks—microscopic “highways” created by filamentous fungi—to swim in the liquid layers on the fungal branches. This interaction could play a major role in shaping the composition of microbiomes, researchers say.

Y. Zhang et al., “Fungal networks shape dynamics of bacterial dispersal and community assembly in cheese rind microbiomes,” Nat Commun, doi:10.1038/s41467-017-02522-z, 2018.

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