The role of ecological theory in microbial ecology

Prosser, J. I. and Bohannan, B. J. M. and Curtis, T. P. and Ellis, R. J. and Firestone, M. K. and Freckleton, R. P. and Green, J. L. and Green, L. E. and Killham, K. and Lennon, J. J. and Osborn, A. M. and Solan, M. and van der Gast, C. J. and Young, J. P. W. (2007) The role of ecological theory in microbial ecology. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 5 (5). pp. 384-392. ISSN 1740-1526

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Abstract

Microbial ecology is currently undergoing a revolution, with repercussions spreading throughout microbiology, ecology and ecosystem science. The rapid accumulation of molecular data is uncovering vast diversity, abundant uncultivated microbial groups and novel microbial functions. This accumulation of data requires the application of theory to provide organization, structure, mechanistic insight and, ultimately, predictive power that is of practical value, but the application of theory in microbial ecology is currently very limited. Here we argue that the full potential of the ongoing revolution will not be realized if research is not directed and driven by theory, and that the generality of established ecological theory must be tested using microbial systems.

Keywords:article, ecological niche, ecology, microbial diversity, microbial ecology, microbial growth, microbial metabolism, microflora, molecular phylogeny, nonhuman, priority journal, species endemicity, species habitat, species richness, Bacteria, Ecosystem, Geologic Sediments, Species Specificity, Sulfolobus, Systems Theory, Water Microbiology
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C180 Ecology
C Biological Sciences > C500 Microbiology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:8953
Deposited On:22 Apr 2013 09:42

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