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Density dependence and cooperation: theory and a test with bacteria.
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PMID:  19453724     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although cooperative systems can persist in nature despite the potential for exploitation by noncooperators, it is often observed that small changes in population demography can tip the balance of selective forces for or against cooperation. Here we consider the role of population density in the context of microbial cooperation. First, we account for conflicting results from recent studies by demonstrating theoretically that: (1) for public goods cooperation, higher densities are relatively unfavorable for cooperation; (2) in contrast, for self-restraint-type cooperation, higher densities can be either favorable or unfavorable for cooperation, depending on the details of the system. We then test our predictions concerning public goods cooperation using strains of the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa that produce variable levels of a public good-iron-scavenging siderophore molecules. As predicted, we found that the relative fitness of cheats (under-producers) was greatest at higher population densities. Furthermore, as assumed by theory, we show that this occurs because cheats are better able to exploit the cooperative siderophore production of other cells when they are physically closer to them.
Adin Ross-Gillespie; Andy Gardner; Angus Buckling; Stuart A West; Ashleigh S Griffin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-05-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Evolution; international journal of organic evolution     Volume:  63     ISSN:  1558-5646     ISO Abbreviation:  Evolution     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-09-01     Completed Date:  2009-11-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373224     Medline TA:  Evolution     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2315-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Cooperative Behavior
Models, Theoretical*
Population Density*
Population Dynamics
Pseudomonas aeruginosa* / physiology
Siderophores / metabolism
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