Microbe of the Year 2020

Myxococcus xanthus – social and communicative


Myxococcus xanthus - institutes/working groups

Max-Planck-Institute for terrestrial Microbiolog, Marburg, Dept. of Ecophysiology

Helmholtz Institute for Pharmazeutical Research, Saarland (HIPS), Dept. Microbial natural products




Myxococcus xanthus swarm preying on an E. coli colony I HIPS (Volz)

Myxococcus xanthus forming a fruiting body I HIPS (Volz)


further video links:

Myxococcus xanthus swarm preying on an E. coli colony I James Berlemann

Myxococcus xanthus fruiting body formationI James Berlemann

Transmission of a signal that synchronizes cell movements in swarms of Myxococcus xanthus I PNAS 2014, Dale Kaiser und Hans Warrick


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