The social biology of microbial communities : workshop summary /

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Author / Creator:Olsen, LeighAnne, author.
Imprint:Washington, D.C. : The National Academies Press, [2012]
Description:1 online resource (1 PDF file (xxviii, 603 pages)) : illustrations
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Other authors / contributors:Choffnes, Eileen R., author.
Mack, Alison, author.
Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Forum on Microbial Threats, issuing body.
Social Biology of Microbial Communities (Workshop) (2012 : Washington, D.C.)
Notes:Title from PDF title page.
Includes bibliographical references.
Financial support for this project was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and the Fogarty International Center; U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Army: Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System, Medical Research and Materiel Command, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Agency for International Development; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; American Society for Microbiology; sanofi pasteur; Burroughs Wellcome Fund; GlaxoSmithKline; Infectious Diseases Society of America; and the Merck Company Foundation.
Online version viewed: Dec. 10, 2013.
Summary:On March 6 and 7, 2012, the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) Forum on Microbial Threats hosted a public workshop to explore the emerging science of the "social biology" of microbial communities. Workshop presentations and discussions embraced a wide spectrum of topics, experimental systems, and theoretical perspectives representative of the current, multifaceted exploration of the microbial frontier. Participants discussed ecological, evolutionary, and genetic factors contributing to the assembly, function, and stability of microbial communities; how microbial communities adapt and respond to environmental stimuli; theoretical and experimental approaches to advance this nascent field; and potential applications of knowledge gained from the study of microbial communities for the improvement of human, animal, plant, and ecosystem health and toward a deeper understanding of microbial diversity and evolution.
Other form:Print version: Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Forum on Microbial Threats. Social biology of microbial communities. Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2012 9780309264327
Table of Contents:
  • Workshop overview. The social biology of microbial communities
  • Structure and function of microbial communities
  • Dynamic interactions of microbial communities
  • Looking ahead: moving to the community as the unit of study
  • Contributed manuscripts. Strain-resolved community genomic analysis of gut microbial colonization in a premature infant
  • Evolution of virulence in opportunistic pathogens: generalism, plasticity, and control
  • Free-living tube worm endosymbionts found at deep-sea vents
  • Parasites may help stabilize cooperative relationships
  • Metagenomic and metaproteomic insights into bacterial communities in leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens
  • Phylogenetic and phylogenomic approaches to studies of microbial communities
  • Sociomicrobiology and quorum sensing: mediated communication
  • Acyl-homoserine lactone-dependent eavesdropping promotes competition in a laboratory co-culture model
  • Rules of engagement: interspecies interactions that regulate microbial communities
  • Statistical data analysis challenges from the microbiome dispersal of cargo microorganisms by swarming bacteria
  • Evidence for cascades of perturbation and adaptation in the metabolic genes of higher termite gut symbionts
  • Mathematical and computational challenges in the study of complex adaptive microbial systems
  • Identification of a target cell permissive factor required for contact-dependent growth inhibition (CDI)
  • Cheats as first propagules: a new hypothesis for the evolution of individuality during the transition from single cells to multicellularity
  • An ecological and evolutionary perspective on human-microbe mutualism and disease
  • Incomplete recovery and individualized responses of the human distal gut microbiota to repeated antibiotic perturbation
  • Studying the enteric microbiome in inflammatory bowel diseases: getting through the growing pains and moving forward
  • Inter-kingdom signalling: communication between bacteria and their hosts
  • Evolution of cooperation and control of cheating in a social microbe
  • Glowing corpses and radiant excrement: the role of bioluminescence in microbial communities
  • Social interaction, noise and antibiotic-mediated switches in the intestinal microbiota.