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Answer to Question #20320 in Microbiology for David Wood

Question #20320
Can siderophores produced by one species of bacteria be taken up by bacteria of another species or sub-species?
Expert's answer
Yes, it is possible. Many bacterial species havethe ability to utilize heterologous siderophores, shifting the cost of production to another organism and simultaneously sequestering iron away from the siderophore-producer.

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