About this Research Topic
In spite of this, most members of the human microbiota are largely unknown and remain still uncultured. The final functionality of the microbiota is depending not only on nutrient availability, and environmental conditions, but also on the interrelationships that the microorganisms inhabiting the same ecological niche are able to establish with their partners, or with their potential competitors. Therefore, in such a competitive environment microorganisms have had to develop strategies allowing them to cope, adapt, or cooperate with their neighbors, which may imply notable changes at metabolic, physiological and genetic level.
This Research Topic focuses on studies (original research articles, commentaries, opinion papers and reviews) that investigate and/or discuss the following items by particular members of human microbial ecosystems:
-Inhibition or out-competition mechanisms against other microbes
-Cross-feeding strategies among defined members of the microbiota
-Experimental systems, models and development of approaches to study microbial interactions
-Niche-specialization and general co-operation strategies between given microorganisms
-Functional prediction of potential interaction among defined members of the microbiota based on genomic bioinformatics
-Bacteriophages against intestinal pathogens or other members of the intestinal microbiota
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