Microbes do not follow the elevational diversity patterns of plants and animals.

@article{Fierer2011MicrobesDN,
  title={Microbes do not follow the elevational diversity patterns of plants and animals.},
  author={Noah Fierer and Christy M. McCain and Patrick Meir and Michael Zimmermann and Joshua Rapp and Miles R Silman and Rob Knight},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2011},
  volume={92 4},
  pages={797-804}
}
The elevational gradient in plant and animal diversity is one of the most widely documented patterns in ecology and, although no consensus explanation exists, many hypotheses have been proposed over the past century to explain these patterns. Historically, research on elevational diversity gradients has focused almost exclusively on plant and animal taxa. As a result, we do not know whether microbes exhibit elevational gradients in diversity that parallel those observed for macroscopic taxa… CONTINUE READING

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