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Small molecules often mediate or modulate interactions between species. Roseobacticide A, shown in the foreground, is a potent anti-algal secondary metabolite that is produced as a result of a relationship between the bacteria Phaeobacter inhibens and the alga Emiliania huxleyei that begins as mutualistic but later becomes parasitic. There are multiple examples of natural products that result from such ‘group effort’ but such interactions are underappreciated in laboratory studies that often focus on a single-species.

See Wang and Seyedsayamdost, Nat. Rev. Chem. 1, 0021 (2017)