Status of the Microbial Census

Patrick D. Schloss, Jo Handelsman, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews

This article from Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews provides an overview of the status of microbial diversity census efforts as of 2004. The authors describe a novel bioinformatics approach for assessing phylogenetic diversity in a large number of DNA sequences, and use this tool to draw conclusions about past and future sampling of microbial diversity. This article is intended for a graduate or professional audience and would be most useful as background for teachers planning advanced courses touching on microbial diversity.

Subject: Biology:Microbiology, Evolution:Bioinformatics, Patterns, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology , Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods , Biology:Molecular Biology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology, Evolution, Diversity:Censuses, Biology:Diversity, Ecology, Ecology:Metabolism, Habitats:Terrestrial, Biology:Ecology:Habitats, Habitats:Marine
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Research Results, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:EcologyKeywords: microbial census, microbial diversity, ribosomal database project,