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dc.contributor.authorVentura, Rafael
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-17T10:50:19Z
dc.date.available2021-03-17T10:50:19Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn1555-5542
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/75947
dc.description.abstractRecent attention to complex group-level behavior amongst bacteria has led some to conceive of multicellular clusters of bacteria as individuals. In this article, I assess these recent claims by first drawing a distinction between two concepts of individuality: physiological and evolutionary. I then survey cases that are representative of three different modes of growth: myxobacteria (surface-attached agglomerative growth), Bacillus subtilis (agglomerative growth not attached to a surface), and cyanobacteria (filamentous growth). A closer look at these cases indicates that multicellular individuality among bacteria is remarkably complex. Physiologically, the three cases of multicellular clusters do not form physiological individuals. But matters are different when it comes to evolutionary individuality; although multicellular clusters that grow by agglomeration are not highly individuated, filament-forming groups achieve a relatively high degree of individuality. I also suggest that debates about bacterial multicellular individuality may have been obscured by a failure to see that selection on highly individuated groups is by no means the only mechanism to bring about the complex group-level behaviors that have led some to view bacteria as multicellular individuals.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titleBiological Theoryen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s13752-019-00317-7en_US
dc.subjectBacteriaen_US
dc.subjectB. subtilisen_US
dc.subjectCyanobacteriaen_US
dc.subjectIndividualityen_US
dc.subjectMulticellularityen_US
dc.subjectMyxobacteriaen_US
dc.titleMulticellular individuality: the case of bacteriaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of Philosophyen_US
dc.citation.spage131en_US
dc.citation.epage140en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber14en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s13752-019-00317-7en_US
dc.publisherSpringeren_US
dc.contributor.bilkentauthorVentura, Rafael


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