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Ecology: Tribal Warfare Maintains Microbial Diversity

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Greig,  Duncan
Max-Planck Research Group Experimental Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Greig, D., & Goddard, M. (2015). Ecology: Tribal Warfare Maintains Microbial Diversity. Current Biology, 25(14), R618-R620. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.05.044.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0028-310E-7
Abstract
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.