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Are tiny microbes outwitting us to steal our food?

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It's long been know that microbes are to blame for food going off and becoming rotten but in the late 1970's, Dan Janzen of the University of Pennsylvania, and a winner of ecology's version of the Nobel Prize, suggested that making something rotten may be to the advantage of the microbes living in our food.

Now, Liverpool John Moores University's Dr Dave Wilkinson and his long-time collaborator Tom Sherratt along with two other colleagues, Graeme Ruxton from St Andrews and Martin Schaefer at the University of Freiburg, Germany, have had another go at working out mathematically how Janzen's idea might work and the results have just been published in the Proceedings of The Royal Society B.

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