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Bacterial interactions at the microscale - linking habitat to function in soil

Abstract : There is a growing body of evidence that the spatial distribution of bacteria and their relationships with other soil features play a significant role in the macroscopic function of soil. In the past this has not been widely appreciated, possibly due to the difficulty of studying soils at scales that are relevant to bacterial communities. This paper reviews the evidence for the influence of microscale interactions on function at larger scales and describes recent methodological advances that allow the microscale spatial distribution of bacterial cells and bacterial activities to be quantified. Approaches for integrating the microscale into models of soil function are briefly discussed as are new techniques that have the potential to improve our understanding of microbial – habitat interactions and of how these are linked to soil function.
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Submitted on : Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 5:00:05 PM
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  • HAL Id : bioemco-00175344, version 1
  • PRODINRA : 251318


Naoise Nunan, Iain Young, John Crawford, Karl Ritz. Bacterial interactions at the microscale - linking habitat to function in soil. The spatial distribution of microbes in the environment, Springer, pp.61-85, 2007. ⟨bioemco-00175344⟩



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