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DOI 10.1038/s41396-019-0444-6
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Titel (primär) Associational effects in the microbial neighborhood
Autor Worrich, A.; Musat, N.; Harms, H.
Quelle ISME Journal
Erscheinungsjahr 2019
Department ISOBIO; UMB
Band/Volume 13
Heft 9
Seite von 2143
Seite bis 2149
Sprache englisch
Abstract Even though “perfect” metagenomes or metatranscriptomes are close at hand, the implicit assumption of spatial homogeneity in the “omic” approaches makes it difficult if not impossible to relate those data to ecological processes occurring in natural and man-made ecosystems. In fact, the distribution of microbes in their habitats is far from being uniform and random. Microbial communities show a high degree of spatial organization that stems from environmental gradients and local interactions. These interactions can be very complex and may involve multiple species. Several studies highlighted the importance of indirect interactions for community stability, but the absence of a theoretical framework for microbial ecology restricts the possibilities to strike a balance between the investigation of simple communities with purely pairwise interactions and the attempts to understand interaction patterns in whole communities based on meta-omics studies. Here we suggest adapting the concept of Associational Effects (AE) from plant ecology, to better understand the link between ecological interactions, spatial arrangement, and stability in microbial communities. By bringing together a conceptual framework developed for plants and observations made for microbes, this perspective article fosters synthesis of related disciplines to yield novel insights into the advancing field of spatial microbial ecology. To promote the integration into microbial ecology, we (i) outline the theoretical background of AE, (ii) collect underlying mechanisms by literature synthesis, (iii) propose a three-point roadmap for the investigation of AE in microbial communities, and (iv) discuss its implications for microbial ecology research.
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Worrich, A., Musat, N., Harms, H. (2019):
Associational effects in the microbial neighborhood
ISME J. 13 (9), 2143 - 2149 10.1038/s41396-019-0444-6