Phylogenetic diversity and ecology of environmental Archaea.

  title={Phylogenetic diversity and ecology of environmental Archaea.},
  author={Charles E. Robertson and J. Kirk Harris and John R Spear and Norman R. Pace},
  journal={Current opinion in microbiology},
  volume={8 6},
On the basis of culture studies, Archaea were thought to be synonymous with extreme environments. However, the large numbers of environmental rRNA gene sequences currently flooding into databases such as GenBank show that these organisms are present in almost all environments examined to date. Large sequence databases and new fast phylogenetic software allow more precise determination of the archaeal phylogenetic tree, but also indicate that our knowledge of archaeal diversity is incomplete… CONTINUE READING

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