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Paul B. Rainey
Max Planck Society
GeneEcologyPseudomonas fluorescensGeneticsBiology
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#1Xue-Xian Zhang (Massey University)H-Index: 21
#2Stephen R. Ritchie (Massey University)H-Index: 2
Last. Paul B. Rainey (Massey University)H-Index: 60
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#1Steven D. Quistad (PSL Research University)
#2Guilhem Doulcier (PSL Research University)H-Index: 3
Last. Paul B. Rainey (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 60
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Microbial communities underpin the Earth's biological and geochemical processes, but their complexity hampers understanding. Motivated by the challenge of diversity and the need to forge ways of ca...
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#1Paul B. Rainey (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 60
#2Steven D. Quistad (PSL Research University)
The challenge of moving beyond descriptions of microbial community composition to the point where understanding underlying eco-evolutionary dynamics emerges is daunting. While it is tempting to sim...
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#1Caroline J. Rose (CNRS: Centre national de la recherche scientifique)H-Index: 2
Last. Paul B. Rainey (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 60
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A major evolutionary transition in individuality, at any level of the biological hierarchy, occurs when groups become capable of participating in Darwinian processes as units of selection. Identifying transitions in individuality can be problematic because apparent selection at one level of the biological hierarchy may be a by-product of selection occurring at another level. Here we discuss various approaches to this ′levels-of-selection′ problem, drawing attention to the futility of designating...
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#1Andrew J. Black (University of Adelaide)H-Index: 10
#2Pierrick Bourrat (Macquarie University)H-Index: 9
Last. Paul B. Rainey (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 60
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Evolutionary transitions in individuality are central to the emergence of biological complexity. Recent experiments provide glimpses of processes underpinning the transition from single cells to multicellular life and draw attention to the critical role of ecology. Here, we emphasize this ecological dimension and argue that its current absence from theoretical frameworks hampers development of general explanatory solutions. Using mechanistic mathematical models, we show how a minimal ecological ...
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Last. Paul B. Rainey (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 60
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Microbial communities underpin earth9s biological and biogeochemical processes, but their complexity hampers understanding. Here we draw upon predictions from the theory concerning selfish genetic elements (SGEs), combined with approaches from experimental evolution, comparative metagenomics and biochemistry, and show how naturally occurring SGEs can be used to manipulate genes that underpin community function. Communities comprising hundreds of bacterial genera established from garden compost w...
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#1Guilhem Doulcier ('ENS Paris': École Normale Supérieure)H-Index: 3
#2Amaury LambertH-Index: 24
Last. Paul B. Rainey (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 60
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Interactions among microbial cells can generate new chemistries and functions, but exploitation requires establishment of communities that reliably recapitulate community-level phenotypes. Using mechanistic mathematical models, we show how simple manipulations to population structure can exogenously impose Darwinian-like properties on communities. Such imposition causes communities to participate directly in the process of evolution by natural selection and drives the evolution of cell-level int...
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#1Andrew J. Black (University of Adelaide)H-Index: 10
#2Pierrick Bourrat (Macquarie University)H-Index: 9
Last. Paul B. Rainey (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 60
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Evolutionary transitions in individuality are central to the emergence of biological complexity. Recent experiments provide glimpses of processes underpinning the transition from single cells to multicellular life and draw attention to the critical role of ecology. Here we emphasise this ecological dimension and argue that its current absence from theoretical frameworks hampers development of general explanatory solutions. Using mechanistic mathematical models, we show how a minimal ecological s...
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#1Maxime Ardré (PSL Research University)H-Index: 1
#2Djinthana Dufour (PSL Research University)H-Index: 1
Last. Paul B. Rainey (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 60
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ABSTRACT Cellulose-overproducing wrinkly spreader mutants of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 have been the focus of much investigation, but conditions promoting the production of cellulose in ancestral strain SBW25 and its effects and consequences have escaped in-depth investigation through lack of an in vitro phenotype. Here, using a custom-built device, we reveal that in static broth microcosms, ancestral SBW25 encounters environmental signals at the air-liquid interface that activate, via three...
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#1Paul B. Rainey (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 60
#2Fred Cohan (Wesleyan University)
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