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Figure 2

From: Locality versus globality in bacterial signalling: can local communication stabilize bacterial communities?

Figure 2

A microcommunity (left, marked by grey contour) collapses when communication among the members decreases below a critical level. This can result from decreased signalling or from a decreased density of signal emitting cells, which can be caused, for instance, by a shortage or overconsumption of resources (nutrients, public goods), by an excess of non-communicating cells (cheaters) or by the cells drifting away from each other.

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