New On Nature.com: Electrifying Long-Range Signalling
Published online on November 9, 2015 by Nature Reviews Microbiology, this article by Cláudio Nunes-Alves, Locum Chief Editor at Nature Reviews Microbiology, is now available to view.
Bacteria contain many classes of ion channels, but their functions in bacterial physiology have largely remained a mystery. Now, Prindle et al. show that potassium ion channels are used to propagate electrical signals throughout Bacillus subtilis biofilms in a long-range process that coordinates the metabolic responses of the community.