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Competition, not cooperation, dominates interactions among culturable microbial species.

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Microbial cells secrete numerous enzymes, scavenging molecules, and signals that can promote the growth and survival of other cells around them [1-4]. This observation is consistent with the evolution of cooperation within species [5], and there is now an increasing emphasis on the importance of cooperation between different microbial species [4, 6]. We lack, however, a systematic test of the importance of mutually positive interactions between different species, which is vital for assessing ...

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10.1016/j.cub.2012.08.005

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
Current biology : CB
Volume:
22
Issue:
19
Pages:
1845-1850
Publication date:
2012-10-05
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EISSN:
1879-0445
ISSN:
0960-9822
URN:
uuid:47abf0d8-2402-4dd6-8415-5dbf2adbfc20
Source identifiers:
350568
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pubs:350568

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