Chemotaxis to Hydrocarbons
Chemotaxis is the ability of organisms to move towards or away from chemical gradients in the environment. Hydrocarbon compounds, which are sources of carbon and energy for many bacterial species, have been shown to be chemoattractants for specific organisms. While much is known about catabolic pathways for the degradation of hydrocarbons and related compounds, less is known about the molecular basis for chemotactic responses to these volatile and toxic chemicals.
Chemotaxis research in the authors’ laboratories has been supported by the National Science Foundation (award MCB-0919930 to REP and JLD) and the University of California Davis Committee on Research New Funding Initiative (to REP).
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