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Response to Comment on “Global assessment of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus diversity reveals very low endemism”

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Science  19 Feb 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6275, pp. 826
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad5495

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Bruns and Taylor argue that our finding of widespread distribution among Glomeromycota “virtual taxa” is undermined by the species definition applied. Although identifying appropriate species concepts and accessing taxonomically informative traits are challenges for microorganism biogeography, the virtual taxa represent a pragmatic classification that corresponds approximately to the species rank of classical Glomeromycota taxonomy, yet is applicable to environmental DNA.

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