Chemically mediated competition between microbes and animals: microbes as consumers in food webs.

@article{Burkepile2006ChemicallyMC,
  title={Chemically mediated competition between microbes and animals: microbes as consumers in food webs.},
  author={Deron E Burkepile and John D. Parker and Clinton Woodson and Heath J. Mills and Julia M Kubanek and Patricia A. Sobecky and Mark E Hay},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={87 11},
  pages={2821-31}
}
Microbes are known to affect ecosystems and communities as decomposers, pathogens, and mutualists. However, they also may function as classic consumers and competitors with animals if they chemically deter larger consumers from using rich food-falls such as carrion, fruits, and seeds that can represent critical windfalls to both microbes and animals. Microbes often use chemicals (i.e., antibiotics) to compete against other microbes. Thus using chemicals against larger competitors might be… CONTINUE READING
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