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Curr Opin Microbiol. 1998 Jun;1(3):352-8.

In situ methods for assessment of microorganisms and their activities.

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Junior Group for Molecular Ecology, Max-Planck-Institut für marine Mikrobiologie, Celsiusstrasse 1, D-28359 Bremen, Germany.


Recent technical developments in the field of molecular biology and microsensors are beginning to enable microbiologists to study the abundance, localization and activity of microorganisms in situ. The various new methods on their own bear high potential but it is the combination of studies on structure and function of microbial communities that will yield the most detailed insights in the way microorganisms operate in nature.

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