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Trends Microbiol. 1999 Mar;7(3):129-33.

The ecological role of bacteriocins in bacterial competition.

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Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511, USA. margaret.riley@yale.edu

Abstract

Bacteriocins are an abundant class of antimicrobial molecules that appear to mediate population dynamics within species. The bacteriocins of Escherichia coli have served as a model for exploring the ecological role of these potent toxins. Studies suggest that colicins provide a competitive edge in nutrient-poor environments and that there might be a trade-off between the costs and benefits of colicin production.

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10203843
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