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Density dependence and cooperation: theory and a test with bacteria.

Abstract:

Although cooperative systems can persist in nature despite the potential for exploitation by noncooperators, it is often observed that small changes in population demography can tip the balance of selective forces for or against cooperation. Here we consider the role of population density in the context of microbial cooperation. First, we account for conflicting results from recent studies by demonstrating theoretically that: (1) for public goods cooperation, higher densities are relatively u...

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Ross-Gillespie, A More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Buckling, A More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
Evolution; international journal of organic evolution
Volume:
63
Issue:
9
Pages:
2315-2325
Publication date:
2009-09-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1558-5646
ISSN:
0014-3820
URN:
uuid:ec997d5a-ceda-4d66-b8eb-f674ae01ee24
Source identifiers:
210126
Local pid:
pubs:210126

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