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FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2007 Nov;62(2):181-6. Epub 2007 Sep 14.

Microbial diversity-productivity relationships in aquatic ecosystems.

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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66047, USA. vsmith@ku.edu

Abstract

Thanks to recent advances in molecular biology, one's knowledge of microbial co-occurrence patterns, microbial biogeography and microbial biodiversity is expanding rapidly. This MiniReview explores microbial diversity-productivity relationships in the light of what is known from the general ecology literature. Analyses of microbial diversity-productivity relationships from 70 natural, experimental, and engineered aquatic ecosystems reveal patterns that are strikingly similar to those that have long been documented for communities of macroorganisms. Microbial ecology and the general science of ecology are thus continuing to converge.

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