Bacterial communities use sophisticated strategy to communicate over long distances

(University of California – San Diego) A concept known as 'percolation' is helping microbiologists at UC San Diego explain how communities of bacteria can effectively relay signals across long distances. Once regarded as a simple cluster of microorganisms, communities of bacteria have been found to employ a strategy we use to brew coffee and extract oil from the sea. Percolation helps the microscopic community thrive and survive threats, such as chemical attacks from antibiotics.