Warum Mikroorganismen Naturstoffe produzieren


A key role in the communication between fungi and bacteria is played by natural products. Many of their encoding gene clusters are silent
under standard laboratory conditions. Interspecies “talk” between
microorganisms represents an ecological trigger to activate such silent gene clusters and leads to the formation of novel natural products by the involved species. The understanding of both the activation of silent
gene clusters and the ecological function of the produced compounds is of importance to reveal functional microbial interactions required to shape microbiomes.