The Diversity of Bacterial Chemosensing
Bacteria have a continuous and urgent need to inform themselves about the chemistry of their surroundings. They must rapidly adjust their patterns of gene expression, their metabolic and transport functions, and their behavior to cope with every challenge and opportunity with which they are presented. This volume collates the most recent methods developed to monitor and manipulate the processes by which bacteria sense and respond to their chemical environment.
KeywordsSignal transduction Two-component systems Chemoreceptors Chemotaxis
I first want to thank John Walker, the Series Editor, for giving me the opportunity to edit this volume, which has been a stimulating and eye-opening experience—and a lot of work. My wife, Lily Bartoszek, was of enormous assistance in helping me to bring the manuscripts, and especially their References, into a consistent format. Of course, I have to thank all the authors who took time out from their busy schedules to put the methods that they have perfected, and in many cases pioneered, into print in one convenient location. My own work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Bartoszek Fund for Basic Biological Science (yes, the same Bartoszek), and the generosity of the Department of Biology of Texas A&M University for allowing me to take time off from my ordinary duties to edit this volume.