Species abundance distributions and richness estimations in fungal metagenomics--lessons learned from community ecology.

@article{Unterseher2011SpeciesAD,
  title={Species abundance distributions and richness estimations in fungal metagenomics--lessons learned from community ecology.},
  author={Martin Unterseher and Ari Jumpponen and Maarja Opik and Leho Tedersoo and Mari Moora and Carsten F. Dormann and Martin Schnittler},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2011},
  volume={20 2},
  pages={275-85}
}
Results of diversity and community ecology studies strongly depend on sampling depth. Completely surveyed communities follow log-normal distribution, whereas power law functions best describe incompletely censused communities. It is arguable whether the statistics behind those theories can be applied to voluminous next generation sequencing data in microbiology by treating individual DNA sequences as counts of molecular taxonomic units (MOTUs). This study addresses the suitability of species… CONTINUE READING