The evolution of secondary metabolism – a unifying model

@article{Firn2000TheEO,
  title={The evolution of secondary metabolism – a unifying model},
  author={Richard D. Firn and Clive G. Jones},
  journal={Molecular Microbiology},
  year={2000},
  volume={37}
}
  • Richard D. Firn, Clive G. Jones
  • Published 2000
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Molecular Microbiology
Why do microbes make secondary products? That question has been the subject of intense debate for many decades. There are two extreme opinions. Some argue that most secondary metabolites play no role in increasing the fitness of an organism. The opposite view, now widely held, is that every secondary metabolite is made because it possesses (or did possess at some stage in evolution) a biological activity that endows the producer with increased fitness. These opposing views can be reconciled by… Expand
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