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BACTERIAL ECOLOGY

Streptomyces’ scent attracts spore dispersers

Earthy-smelling volatiles produced by sporulating Streptomyces attract soil arthropods that eat the bacteria and spread ‘hitch-hiking’ spores.

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Fig. 1: Morphological differentiation and secondary metabolism are co-regulated to modulate microorganism–arthropod interactions.

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Rohlfs, M. Streptomyces’ scent attracts spore dispersers. Nat Microbiol 5, 780–781 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-020-0730-0

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