Parasites dominate hyperdiverse soil protist communities in Neotropical rainforests

  title={Parasites dominate hyperdiverse soil protist communities in Neotropical rainforests},
  author={Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Mah{\'e} and Colomban de Vargas and David Bass and Lucas Czech and Alexandros Stamatakis and Enrique Lara and David Singer and Jordan R. Mayor and John Bunge and Sarah Sernaker and Tobias Siemensmeyer and Isabelle Trautmann and Sarah Romac and C{\'e}dric Berney and Alexey M. Kozlov and Edward A. D. Mitchell and Christophe V. W. Seppey and Elianne Sirn{\ae}s Egge and Guillaume Lentendu and Rainer Wirth and Gabriel Trueba and Micah Dunthorn},
  journal={Nature Ecology \&Evolution},
High animal and plant richness in tropical rainforest communities has long intrigued naturalists. It is unknown if similar hyperdiversity patterns are reflected at the microbial scale with unicellular eukaryotes (protists). Here we show, using environmental metabarcoding of soil samples and a phylogeny-aware cleaning step, that protist communities in Neotropical rainforests are hyperdiverse and dominated by the parasitic Apicomplexa, which infect arthropods and other animals. These host… 

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