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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2007 Oct;275(2):183-90. Epub 2007 Jul 25.

Recent advances in molecular techniques for the detection of phylogenetic markers and functional genes in microbial communities.

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  • 1Division of Environmental Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.


The detection and analysis of nucleic acids extracted from microbial communities are the ultimate ways to determine the diversity and functional capability of microbial communities in the environments. However, it remains a challenge to use molecular techniques for unequivocal determination and quantification of microbial species composition and functional activities. Considerable efforts have been made to enhance the capability of molecular techniques. Here an update of the recent developments in molecular techniques for environmental microbiology is provided.

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