Bacteria Lab Prelab question help?

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Bacteria Lab Prelab question help?

Post by Ineedhelponbio » Tue May 13, 2008 12:44 am

What could be the adaptive value(advantage in the environment) of antibiotics to the fungi who produce them?

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Post by Cat » Tue May 13, 2008 3:37 am

Kill bacteria around them => more nutrients left for fungi.

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Post by mkwaje » Mon May 19, 2008 1:32 pm

well, technically, not all antibiotics are for bacteria. More importantly, it kills off other sensitive fungi who may have the same enzyme system as theirs and thus are more likely competitors for food. But I agree with Cat, in that they may be an adaptation for the acquisition of food. Also, for protection; some bacteria do produce fungicide too.

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