Computational Improvements Reveal Great Bacterial Diversity and High Metal Toxicity in Soil

@article{Gans2005ComputationalIR,
  title={Computational Improvements Reveal Great Bacterial Diversity and High Metal Toxicity in Soil},
  author={J. Gans and M. Wolinsky and J. Dunbar},
  journal={Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={309},
  pages={1387 - 1390}
}
  • J. Gans, M. Wolinsky, J. Dunbar
  • Published 2005
  • Science
  • The complexity of soil bacterial communities has thus far confounded effective measurement. However, with improved analytical methods, we show that the abundance distribution and total diversity can be deciphered. Reanalysis of reassociation kinetics for bacterial community DNA from pristine and metal-polluted soils showed that a power law best described the abundance distributions. More than one million distinct genomes occurred in the pristine soil, exceeding previous estimates by two orders… CONTINUE READING

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