Low pore connectivity increases bacterial diversity in soil.

  title={Low pore connectivity increases bacterial diversity in soil.},
  author={Jennifer K. Carson and Vanesa Gonzalez-Qui{\~n}ones and Daniel V Murphy and Christoph Hinz and Jeremy Albert Shaw and Deirdre Bridget Gleeson},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={76 12},
One of soil microbiology's most intriguing puzzles is how so many different bacterial species can coexist in small volumes of soil when competition theory predicts that less competitive species should decline and eventually disappear. We provide evidence supporting the theory that low pore connectivity caused by low water potential (and therefore low water content) increases the diversity of a complex bacterial community in soil. We altered the pore connectivity of a soil by decreasing water… CONTINUE READING

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