The bacterium Streptomyces chartreusis is an antibiotic-producing bacterium that releases more metabolites into the surrounding medium than scientists assumed based on the analysis of the genome. Many of the substances are likely released to mediate interactions with its environment. They might also include molecules that are of interest as potential pharmaceutical agents.
The researchers analyzed a broad spectrum of the bacterium's metabolic products under various culture conditions. The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.