Ecology and Evolution

  • Margaret A. Riley
  • Milind A. Chavan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Margaret A. Riley, Milind A. Chavan
    Pages 1-3
  3. David M. Gordon, Elizabeth Oliver, Jane Littlefield-Wyer
    Pages 5-18
  4. Milind A. Chavan, Margaret A. Riley
    Pages 19-43
  5. Nicholas C. K. Heng, Philip A. Wescombe, Jeremy P. Burton, Ralph W. Jack, John R. Tagg
    Pages 45-92
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-150

About this book


Microbes produce an extraordinary array of defense systems. These include bacteriocins, a class of antimicrobial molecules with narrow killing spectra, produced by bacteria. The book describes the diversity and ecological role of bacteriocins of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, presenting a new classification scheme for the former and a state-of-the-art look at the role of bacteriocins in bacterial communication. It discusses the molecular evolution of colicins and colicin-like bacteriocins, and provides a contemporary overview of archaeocins, bacteriocin-like antimicrobials produced by archaebacteria. Furthermore, various modeling (in silico) studies elucidate the role of bacteriocins in microbial community dynamics and fitness, delving into rock-paper-scissors competition and the counter-intuitive survival of the weakest. The book makes compelling reading for a multi-faceted scientific audience, including those working in the fields of biodiversity and biotechnology, notably in the human and animal health domain.


Ecology Fitness bacteria biodiversity evolution microbes molecular evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret A. Riley
    • 1
  • Milind A. Chavan
    • 2
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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