Microbial mats and the search for minimal ecosystems.

  title={Microbial mats and the search for minimal ecosystems.},
  author={Ricardo Guerrero and Merc{\`e} Piqueras and Mercedes Berlanga},
  journal={International microbiology : the official journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology},
  volume={5 4},
This article reviews some ecological concepts common to all kinds of ecosystems, describes the characteristics of microbial mats, and focuses on the description of the Ebro Delta microbial mats, to assess whether they fit the concept of a minimal ecosystem. First, microorganisms as components of ecosystems are considered, and some features of microbial life… CONTINUE READING