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Counting the Uncountable: Statistical Approaches to Estimating Microbial Diversity
All biologists who sample natural communities are plagued with the problem of how well a sample reflects a community's “true” diversity. New genetic techniques have revealed extensive microbialExpand
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Linking genetic change to community evolution: insights from studies of bacteria and bacteriophage
A major goal of community ecology is to link biological processes at lower scales with community patterns. Microbial communities are especially powerful model systems for making these links. In thisExpand
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Architectural design influences the diversity and structure of the built environment microbiome
Buildings are complex ecosystems that house trillions of microorganisms interacting with each other, with humans and with their environment. Understanding the ecological and evolutionary processesExpand
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Contribution of neutral processes to the assembly of gut microbial communities in the zebrafish over host development
Despite their importance to host health and development, the communities of microorganisms associated with humans and other animals are characterized by a large degree of unexplained variation acrossExpand
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The composition of the zebrafish intestinal microbial community varies across development
The assembly of resident microbial communities is an important event in animal development; however, the extent to which this process mirrors the developmental programs of host tissues is unknown.Expand
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From Structure to Function: the Ecology of Host-Associated Microbial Communities
SUMMARY In the past several years, we have witnessed an increased interest in understanding the structure and function of the indigenous microbiota that inhabits the human body. It is hoped that thisExpand
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Conversion of the Amazon rainforest to agriculture results in biotic homogenization of soil bacterial communities
The Amazon rainforest is the Earth’s largest reservoir of plant and animal diversity, and it has been subjected to especially high rates of land use change, primarily to cattle pasture. ThisExpand
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Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria respond to multifactorial global change.
Recent studies have demonstrated that multiple co-occurring global changes can alter the abundance, diversity, and productivity of plant communities. Below ground processes, often mediated by soilExpand
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Cryptic Population Dynamics: Rapid Evolution Masks Trophic Interactions
Trophic relationships, such as those between predator and prey or between pathogen and host, are key interactions linking species in ecological food webs. The structure of these links and theirExpand
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Identifying personal microbiomes using metagenomic codes
Significance Recent surveys of the microbial communities living on and in the human body—the human microbiome—have revealed strong variation in community membership between individuals. Some of thisExpand
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