, Volume 21, Issue 6, pp 592–596 | Cite as

Gemeinsam stärker: metabolische Arbeitsteilung bei Bakterien

  • Christian Kost
Wissenschaft Mikrobielle Interaktionen


Microorganisms frequently engage in reciprocal cross-feeding interactions, in which two or more bacterial strains exchange essential metabolites. Benefits stemming from losing the biosynthetic capabilities to produce certain metabolites likely drive the emergence of these metabolic interdependencies. By using nanotubes, bacteria can effectively exchange nutrients with other cells and – in this way – divide metabolic functions within microbial communities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forschergruppe Experimentelle Ökologie und Evolution Abteilung für Bioorganische ChemieMax-Planck-Institut für chemische Ökologie Beutenberg CampusJenaDeutschland

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