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Microbial warfare and the evolution of symbiosis

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Cooperative symbionts enable their hosts to exploit a diversity of environments. A low genetic diversity (high relatedness) between the symbionts within a host is thought to favour cooperation by reducing conflict within the host. However, hosts will not be favoured to transmit their symbionts (or commensals) in costly ways that increase relatedness, unless this also provides an immediate fitness benefit to the host. We suggest that conditionally expressed costly competitive traits, such a...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1098/rsbl.2022.0447

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Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-2941-260X
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Biology
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ORCID:
0000-0003-2152-3153
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European Commission
Grant:
834164
Publisher:
The Royal Society
Journal:
Biology Letters More from this journal
Volume:
18
Issue:
12
Article number:
20220447
Publication date:
2022-12-21
Acceptance date:
2022-11-23
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EISSN:
1744-957X
ISSN:
1744-9561
Pmid:
36541095
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1316778
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pubs:1316778
Deposit date:
2023-01-02

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