Molecular Techniques for Determining Microbial Diversity and Community Structure in Natural Environments

  title={Molecular Techniques for Determining Microbial Diversity and Community Structure in Natural Environments},
  author={Jacques Theron and Thomas Eugene Cloete},
  journal={Critical Reviews in Microbiology},
  pages={37 - 57}
The ability to quantify the number and kinds of microorganisms within a community is fundamental to the understanding of the structure and function of an ecosystem. The simple morphology of most microbes provides few clues for their identification and physiological traits are often ambiguous. In addition, many organisms resist cultivation, which is essential to their characterization. Recombinant DNA techniques have provided a means whereby many of the obstacles associated with cultivation and… 
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