Ben Raymond and Michael B. Bonsall Cooperation and the evolutionary ecology of bacterial virulence: The Bacillus cereus group as a novel study system BioEssays 35
The major virulence factors of the B. cereus group are secreted extra-cellularly. Social conflict between producers and cheats should increase with the metabolic cost and spatial scale of action of virulence factors. We discuss the likely restrictions on cheater fitness and the behavioural ecology of public and private secretion.
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