Antagonistic interactions between heterotrophic bacteria as a potential regulator of community structure of hypersaline microbial mats.

@article{Long2013AntagonisticIB,
  title={Antagonistic interactions between heterotrophic bacteria as a potential regulator of community structure of hypersaline microbial mats.},
  author={Richard A. Long and Damien Eveillard and Shelli L M Franco and Eric Reeves and James L. Pinckney},
  journal={FEMS microbiology ecology},
  year={2013},
  volume={83 1},
  pages={74-81}
}
Microbial mats are laminae of self-sustaining microbial communities with a high level of competition for resources. We tested the hypothesis that chemically mediated antagonism is a potential mechanism for structuring the bacterial community. In the co-culturing assay, 57% of the isolates expressed antagonistic behavior toward one or more isolates and 5% of the isolates inhibited more than 80% of the isolates. We observed greater levels of antagonism between isolates from adjacent laminae than… CONTINUE READING
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