Empirical and theoretical bacterial diversity in four Arizona soils.

  title={Empirical and theoretical bacterial diversity in four Arizona soils.},
  author={John Dunbar and Susan M. Barns and Lawrence O. Ticknor and Cheryl R. Kuske},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={68 6},
Understanding patterns of biodiversity in microbial communities is severely constrained by the difficulty of adequately sampling these complex systems. We illustrate the problem with empirical data from small surveys (200-member 16S rRNA gene clone libraries) of four bacterial soil communities from two locations in Arizona. Among the four surveys, nearly 500 species-level groups ( Dunbar et al., Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65:662-1669, 1999) and 21 bacterial divisions were documented, including… CONTINUE READING
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