Population Dynamics Constrain the Cooperative Evolution of Cross-Feeding

@article{Bull2009PopulationDC,
  title={Population Dynamics Constrain the Cooperative Evolution of
                    Cross-Feeding},
  author={J. J. Bull and William R. Harcombe},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2009},
  volume={4},
  pages={7052 - 7057}
}
Cross-feeding is the exchange of nutrients among species of microbes. It has two potential evolutionary origins, one as an exchange of metabolic wastes or byproducts among species, the other as a form of cooperation known as reciprocal altruism. This paper explores the conditions favoring the origin of cooperative cross-feeding between two species. There is an extensive literature on the evolution of cooperation, and some of the requirements for the evolution of cooperative cross-feeding follow… CONTINUE READING

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