Try searching "quorum sensing" and "autoinducer(s)" to start.
There should be hundreds (more?) of publications.
On Tue, 6 Jan 1998, jcl5 wrote:
> I am in my final year of my bachelor degree at the university of Kent
> at Canterbury. For my final term I have been set a dissertation with the
> title 'molecules involved in microbial cell-cell communication'. I have
> tried my normal research areas, i.e. internet, biological databases,
> etc, but I have not really found any relevant/useful material. I am
> therefore posting to you for any help or suggestions as I am running dry
> on ideas.
> Thanks in advance.
>> J.Longridge(jcl5 at ukc.ac.uk)
>> Studying biochemistry and
> medical biosciences at The university of