Allopatric origins of microbial species

Rachel J. Whitaker, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

This is a review article about microbial biogeography and speciation published in The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (2006). The author focuses specifically on the possibility of allopatric speciation in microbes. Topics covered include defining microbial species and speciation, genetic markers of differentiation among populations, evidence of geographical isolation, biological determinants of evolutionary rates and dispersal, and possible future research directions. There is an extensive bibliography.

Subject: Biology:Evolution:Processes, Biology:Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biology, Evolution:Patterns, Principles, Biology:Ecology, Ecology:Metabolism, Habitats, Biology:Evolution
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:EcologyKeywords: allopatric speciation, ecological speciation, geographic isolation, environmental selection, micro-organisms, biogeography, genomics