Interactions in the microbiome: communities of organisms and communities of genes

@inproceedings{Boon2014InteractionsIT,
  title={Interactions in the microbiome: communities of organisms and communities of genes},
  author={Eva Boon and Conor J Meehan and Chris Whidden and Dennis Wong and Morgan Gi Langille and Robert G. Beiko},
  booktitle={FEMS microbiology reviews},
  year={2014}
}
A central challenge in microbial community ecology is the delineation of appropriate units of biodiversity, which can be taxonomic, phylogenetic, or functional in nature. The term 'community' is applied ambiguously; in some cases, the term refers simply to a set of observed entities, while in other cases, it requires that these entities interact with one another. Microorganisms can rapidly gain and lose genes, potentially decoupling community roles from taxonomic and phylogenetic groupings… CONTINUE READING
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