Antibiotic-Producing Bacteria as a Possible Defence of Birds against Pathogenic Microorganisms

  title={Antibiotic-Producing Bacteria as a Possible Defence of Birds against Pathogenic Microorganisms},
  author={Juan Jos{\'e} Soler and Manuel Mart{\'i}n-Vivaldi and Juan Manuel Peralta-S{\'a}nchez and Magdalena Ruiz-Rodr{\'i}guez},
Theory strongly suggests that beneficial symbiotic bacteria could be common within birds. Our argument is based on the existence of within-host competition for resources between bacteria (i.e. bacterial interference), and on the differential effect that host fitness (i.e., reproductive success and probability of survival) has on fitness of different bacteria. If reproductive success of hosts is positively related to that of a first bacterium, and negatively related to that of a second bacterium… CONTINUE READING
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