Trade-off Mechanisms Shaping the Diversity of Bacteria.

  title={Trade-off Mechanisms Shaping the Diversity of Bacteria.},
  author={Thomas Ferenci},
  journal={Trends in microbiology},
  volume={24 3},
Strain-to-strain variations in bacterial biofilm formation, metabolism, motility, virulence, evolvability, DNA repair and resistance (to phage, antibiotics, or environmental stresses) each contribute to bacterial diversity. Microbiologists should be aware that all of these traits are subject to constraints imposed by trade-offs, so adaptations improving one trait may be at the cost of another. A deeper appreciation of trade-offs is thus crucial for assessing the mechanistic limits on important… CONTINUE READING
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