Protists are microbes too: A perspective.

Caron, David A., Worden, Alexandra Z., Countway, Peter D., Demir, Elif and Heidelberg, Karla B. (2009) Protists are microbes too: A perspective. The ISME Journal, 3 (1). pp. 4-12. DOI 10.1038/ismej.2008.101.

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Our understanding of the composition and activities of microbial communities from diverse habitats on our planet has improved enormously during the past decade, spurred on largely by advances in molecular biology. Much of this research has focused on the bacteria, and to a lesser extent on the archaea and viruses, because of the relative ease with which these assemblages can be analyzed and studied genetically. In contrast, single-celled, eukaryotic microbes (the protists) have received much less attention, to the point where one might question if they have somehow been demoted from the position of environmentally important taxa. In this paper, we draw attention to this situation and explore several possible (some admittedly lighthearted) explanations for why these remarkable and diverse microbes have remained largely overlooked in the present era of the microbe. © 2009 International Society for Microbial Ecology All rights reserved.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: alga; animal; article; biodiversity; classification; isolation and purification; microbiology; protozoon, Algae; Animals; Biodiversity; Environmental Microbiology; Protozoa, Archaea; Bacteria (microorganisms); Eukaryota; Protista
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-N Experimental Ecology - Food Webs
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1038/ismej.2008.101
ISSN: 1751-7362
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2019 12:03
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2019 12:03

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