Fitness and Productivity Increase with Ecotypic Diversity among; Escherichia coli; Strains That Coevolved in a Simple, Constant Environment Journal Article uri icon



  • ; Polymicrobial consortia occur in both environmental and clinical settings. In many cases, diversity and productivity correlate in these consortia, especially when sustained by positive, density-dependent interactions. However, the evolutionary history of such entities is typically obscure, making it difficult to establish the relative fitness of consortium partners and to use those data to illuminate the diversity-productivity relationship. Here, we dissect an; Escherichia coli; consortium that evolved under continuous glucose limitation in the laboratory from a single common ancestor. We show that a partnership consisting of cross-feeding ecotypes is better able to secure primary and secondary resources and to convert those resources to offspring than the ancestral clone. Such interactions may be a prelude to a special form of syntrophy and are likely determinants of microbial community structure in nature, including those having clinical significance such as chronic infections.;

publication date

  • April 1, 2020

has restriction

  • hybrid

Date in CU Experts

  • July 21, 2021 7:50 AM

Full Author List

  • Yang D-D; Alexander A; Kinnersley M; Cook E; Caudy A; Rosebrock A; Rosenzweig F

Full Editor List

  • Cann I

author count

  • 7

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0099-2240

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-5336

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