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How bacteria 'invest' their meagre resources to bring about evolutionary success

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For the first time the complex interplay between bacterial investment strategies and their outcomes has been recreated and analysed by researchers at the University of Sydney and University of Exeter.

The study is published today in the journal Ecology Letters.

Co-author Dr Tom Ferenci from the University of Sydney's School of Molecular Bioscience said, "The breakthrough was in using synthetic biology to create identical bacteria but with fixed investment strategies, some investing in growth, some in stress resistance and others in both to various degrees."

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