Exploring Microbial Diversity--A Vast Below

Science  26 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5739, pp. 1331-1333
DOI: 10.1126/science.1118176

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In their Perspective, Curtis and Sloan discuss how there is more to the findings of the Gans et al . paper (in the same issue) than the headline finding of 10different bacteria in soil. The estimation of a species abundance curve for a sample of soil is of significance in its own right, forming a mathematical map for the exploration of the microbial diversity of soil.