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Biological Sciences

Research project: Evolution of cooperation in microbial biofilms

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Bacteria often occur in structured communities in nature, called biofilms, in which they form microcolonies.

We use a common bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, to investigate how spatial structuring influences the level of selection, thereby allowing for the evolution of cooperative behaviour and the suppression of cheats. These questions are addressed through integration of empirical and computational methods.

This project is in collaboration with Jeremy Webb and Richard Watson (ECS).

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Environmental Biosciences
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