Santa Rosalia revisited: Why are there so many species of bacteria?

@article{Dykhuizen2004SantaRR,
  title={Santa Rosalia revisited: Why are there so many species of bacteria?},
  author={Daniel E. Dykhuizen},
  journal={Antonie van Leeuwenhoek},
  year={2004},
  volume={73},
  pages={25-33}
}
  • D. Dykhuizen
  • Published 2004
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
The diversity of bacteria in the world is very poorly known. Usually less than one percent of the bacteria from natural communities can be grown in the laboratory. This has caused us to underestimate bacterial diversity and biased our view of bacterial communities. The tools are now available to estimate the number of bacterial species in a community and to estimate the difference between communities. Using what data are available, I have estimated that thirty grams of forest soil contains over… 
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