Quorum Sensing: A Quantum Perspective

J Cell Commun Signal. 2016 Sep;10(3):173-175. doi: 10.1007/s12079-016-0348-4. Epub 2016 Aug 31.


Quorum sensing is the efficient mode of communication in the bacterial world. After a lot of advancements in the classical theory of quorum sensing few basic questions of quorum sensing still remain unanswered. The sufficient progresses in quantum biology demands to explain these questions from the quantum perspective as non trivial quantum effects already have manifested in various biological processes like photosynthesis, magneto-reception etc. Therefore, it's the time to review the bacterial communications from the quantum view point. In this article we carefully accumulate the latest results and arguments to strengthen quantum biology through the addition of quorum sensing mechanism in the light of quantum mechanics.

Keywords: Coherence; Quantum biology; Quorum sensing.