Experimental tests of the bacterial distance–decay relationship

  title={Experimental tests of the bacterial distance–decay relationship},
  author={Thomas Bell},
  journal={The ISME Journal},
Community similarity declines with increasing geographic distance if species tend to be locally adapted or if they are dispersal limited. The distance–decay of similarity has been shown for bacteria previously, but distinguishing between these competing mechanisms is difficult from observational surveys. I found little evidence of a relationship between geographic distance and similarity in community composition in an aquatic bacterial community. When bacterial colonization occurred into… CONTINUE READING