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The Social Biology of Microbial Communities: Workshop Summary.

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Institute of Medicine (US) Forum on Microbial Threats.

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Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2012.
The National Academies Collection: Reports funded by National Institutes of Health.

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On March 6 and 7, 2012, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Forum on Microbial Threats hosted a public workshop to explore the emerging science of the “social biology” of microbial communities. Workshop presentations and discussions embraced a wide spectrum of topics, experimental systems, and theoretical perspectives representative of the current, multifaceted exploration of the microbial frontier. Participants discussed ecological, evolutionary, and genetic factors contributing to the assembly, function, and stability of microbial communities; how microbial communities adapt and respond to environmental stimuli; theoretical and experimental approaches to advance this nascent field; and potential applications of knowledge gained from the study of microbial communities for the improvement of human, animal, plant, and ecosystem health and toward a deeper understanding of microbial diversity and evolution.

Copyright © 2012, National Academy of Sciences.

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