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The tragedy of the commons in microbial populations: insights from theoretical, comparative and experimental studies.

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First principles of thermodynamics imply that metabolic pathways are faced with a trade-off between the rate and yield of ATP production. Simple evolutionary models argue that this trade-off generates a fundamental social conflict in microbial populations: average fitness in a population is highest if all individuals exploit common resources efficiently, but individual reproductive rate is maximized by consuming common resources at the highest possible rate, a scenario known as the tragedy of...

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10.1038/sj.hdy.6801073

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Role:
Author
Journal:
Heredity
Volume:
100
Issue:
3
Pages:
233-239
Publication date:
2008-03-05
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EISSN:
1365-2540
ISSN:
0018-067X
URN:
uuid:35bc380c-c9b4-4238-931f-89c1a40efb0f
Source identifiers:
210727
Local pid:
pubs:210727

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