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That is because the overuse of Chemotaxis in Microbiology and Virology may be robbing us of advancement.
I mean advancement into the realm of wireless communication in the microbial world (The Tiniest Scientists Are Very Old, 2010; The Tiniest Scientists Are Very Old - 2, 2011).
The main concern I have had is that the understudied source of communication in those realms is likely an aspect of quantum mechanics, or more precisely photonic (wireless) communication.
Currently Chemotaxis is considered to be the mainstay of microbial communication (Microbial Languages: Rehabilitation of the Unseen, 2).
But writing notes then putting them into a bottle then casting them into the "ocean" is not efficient enough for bacterial community communication needs.
I have hinted that there is likely a far more advanced method of communication, at the cellular level, involving quanta:
It is well accepted that all objects, whether living or nonliving, are continuously generating electromagnetic fields (EMFs) due to the thermal agitation of their particles that possess charges. Interest in EMFs as alternative forms of cell-to-cell communication can be traced back to at least the second decade of the 20th century. Interactions between EMFs and biosystems have been intensively studied for over a century and a quantitative understanding of many interaction mechanisms exists, There is much evidence that biological processes can be induced or modulated by induction of light of characteristic frequencies.(A New Potential Source for Toxins of Power: Wireless Signals). Perhaps the growing knowledge about the microbial realm these days will engender a proper amount of research into this subject, even in the realm of Oceanography (The Ghost Photons, 2, 3; Quantum Oceanography, 2, 3).
Recently, distant interactions between mammalian cells through EMF coupling have been shown. Distant (non-chemical) interaction in biosystems is not limited to interactions at the cellular level. Biosystem interaction has been reported at the level of plants, insects and other biosystems.
In 1997 Cosic proposed that there is a resonant interaction between macromolecules that plays an essential role in their bioactivity. The key point of Cosic's finding is the assignment of specific spectral electromagnetic (EM) characteristics of proteins to their specific biological function. Proteins with common biological functionality are known to share one significant peak, called the Consensus Frequency, which is acknowledged to represent the region responsible for the biological functionality. Bio-molecules with the same biological characteristics recognize and bio-attach to themselves when their valence electrons oscillate and then reverberate in an electromagnetic field. Protein interactions can be considered as resonant energy transfer between the interacting molecules. In simple words each protein and biomolecule has its fingerprint electromagnetic characteristics that can be used for its identification. In living systems long-range electromagnetic fields exchange messages across a distance because of matching emissions and absorption spectra. Non-resonating, unwanted random signals are excluded simply because they do not resonate.
The chemical mode of communication [between and among microbes] is the best studied of all. Nevertheless, bacteria also use electromagnetic signals as part of sophisticated signaling [systems] that function over distances that are substantially larger than cellular dimensions (which are the order of one to a few micrometers). The following descriptions focus mainly on the investigations in the area of electromagnetically mediated communication of microorganisms.
Research into the electromagnetically mediated communication of microbes started immediately after the discovery of mitogenetic radiation (MR) by Alexander Gurvitch in the 1920s. His observation stimulated early research, which led to over 500 publications on the ability of information exchange by means of electromagnetic fields between micro-organisms.
We can hope.