The role of ecological theory in microbial ecology
Prosser, James I., Bohannan, Brendan J. M., Curtis, Tom P., Ellis, Richard J., Firestone, Mary K., Freckleton, Rob P., Green, Jessica L., Green, Laura E., Killham, Ken, Lennon, Jack J., Osborn, A. Mark, Solan, Martin, van der Gast, Christopher J. and Young, J. Peter W. (2007) The role of ecological theory in microbial ecology. Nature Reviews Microbiology, Vol.5 (No.5). pp. 384-392. ISSN 1740-1526Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrmicro1643
Microbial ecology is currently undergoing a revolution, with repercussions spreading throughout microbiology, ecology and ecosystem science. The rapid accumulation of molecular data is uncovering vast diversity, abundant uncultivated microbial groups and novel microbial functions. This accumulation of data requires the application of theory to provide organization, structure, mechanistic insight and, ultimately, predictive power that is of practical value, but the application of theory in microbial ecology is currently very limited. Here we argue that the full potential of the ongoing revolution will not be realized if research is not directed and driven by theory, and that the generality of established ecological theory must be tested using microbial systems.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QR Microbiology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- ) > Biological Sciences ( -2010)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Nature Reviews Microbiology|
|Publisher:||Nature Publishing Group|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 384-392|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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