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Microbial biogeography: from taxonomy to traits.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18497288     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The biogeographic variation of life has predominantly been studied using taxonomy, but this focus is changing. There is a resurging interest in understanding patterns in the distribution not only of taxa but also of the traits those taxa possess. Patterns of trait variation shed light on fundamental questions in biology, including why organisms live where they do and how they will respond to environmental change. Technological advances such as environmental genomics place microbial ecology in a unique position to move trait-based biogeography forward. We anticipate that as trait-based biogeography continues to evolve, micro- and macroorganisms will be studied in concert, establishing a science that is informed by and relevant to all domains of life.
Jessica L Green; Brendan J M Bohannan; Rachel J Whitaker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  320     ISSN:  1095-9203     ISO Abbreviation:  Science     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-23     Completed Date:  2008-06-02     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404511     Medline TA:  Science     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1039-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Archaea / classification,  genetics,  metabolism,  physiology
Bacteria / classification*,  genetics,  metabolism
Bacterial Physiological Phenomena*
DNA, Ribosomal / genetics
Gene Dosage
Genes, Bacterial
Plant Physiological Phenomena
Reg. No./Substance:
0/DNA, Ribosomal

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