A taxa–area relationship for bacteria

  title={A taxa–area relationship for bacteria},
  author={M. Claire Horner-Devine and Melissa D. Lage and Jennifer B. Hughes and Brendan J. M. Bohannan},
A positive power-law relationship between the number of species in an area and the size of that area has been observed repeatedly in plant and animal communities. This species–area relationship, thought to be one of the few laws in ecology, is fundamental to our understanding of the distribution of global biodiversity. However, such a relationship has not been reported for bacteria, and little is known regarding the spatial distribution of bacteria, relative to what is known of plants and… CONTINUE READING
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