Diversity and collective behavior are both beneficial to groups. However, collective behavior requires coordination whereas diversity tends to reduce it. Our paper on how bacteria resolve this conflict in order to migrate together just came out: Fu et al. Nature Communications 9, Article number: 2177 (2018). This research was funded by the Allen Distinguished Investigator Program through The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group and by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
In the News:
- Bacterial balancing act: Preserving diversity while on the move, Yale News
- Keeping the runners and tumblers together: Spontaneous spatial organization allows for the collective migration of phenotypically diverse groups, preLights
- Natural Sorting Mechanism Allows Bacteria to Preserve Diversity Scitech Daily