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Antibiotics and Producer Organisms

  • Giancarlo Lancini
  • Francesco Parenti
  • Gian Gualberto Gallo


The relationship between antibiotics and their producer microorganisms is a matter of lively discussion among specialists. Why is the ability to produce a great variety of antibiotics limited to relatively few classes of microorganisms? How can a producer organism survive in the presence of a substance toxic to it? What is the “natural” function of antibiotics, i.e., what evolutionary advantage do they confer to the producer? There are no generally accepted answers to these questions.


Secondary Metabolite Antibiotic Production Evolutionary Advantage Streptomyces Griseus Lively Discussion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giancarlo Lancini
    • 1
  • Francesco Parenti
    • 2
  • Gian Gualberto Gallo
    • 1
  1. 1.Lepetit Research CenterMarion Merrell Dow Research Institute (MMDRI)GerenzanoItaly
  2. 2.Marion Merrell Dow Europe AGHorgenSwitzerland

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