Microbial ecology in the age of genomics and metagenomics: concepts, tools, and recent advances.

@article{Xu2006MicrobialEI,
  title={Microbial ecology in the age of genomics and metagenomics: concepts, tools, and recent advances.},
  author={Jianping Xu},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={15 7},
  pages={1713-31}
}
Microbial ecology examines the diversity and activity of micro-organisms in Earth's biosphere. In the last 20 years, the application of genomics tools have revolutionized microbial ecological studies and drastically expanded our view on the previously underappreciated microbial world. This review first introduces the basic concepts in microbial ecology and the main genomics methods that have been used to examine natural microbial populations and communities. In the ensuing three specific… CONTINUE READING
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