Ecology: tribal warfare maintains microbial diversity

Greig, Duncan and Goddard, Matthew (2015) Ecology: tribal warfare maintains microbial diversity. Current Biology, 25 (14). R618-R620. ISSN 0960-9822

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When two tribes of Myxococcus bacteria attack each other, the most numerous usually wins. Established colonies can therefore resist invaders by outnumbering them. This shows how positive frequency dependence can maintain diversity across spatially structured environments.

Keywords:Social evolution
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C180 Ecology
C Biological Sciences > C170 Population Biology
C Biological Sciences > C182 Evolution
C Biological Sciences > C181 Biodiversity
C Biological Sciences > C500 Microbiology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:17933
Deposited On:21 Jul 2015 12:59

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