Molecular Ecology of Hypersaline Microbial Mats: Current Insights and New Directions
AbstractMicrobial mats are unique geobiological ecosystems that form as a result of complex communities of microorganisms interacting with each other and their physical environment. Both the microorganisms present and the network of metabolic interactions govern ecosystem function therein. These systems are often found in a range of extreme environments, and those found in elevated salinity have been particularly well studied. The purpose of this review is to briefly describe the molecular ecology of select model hypersaline mat systems (Guerrero Negro, Shark Bay, S’Avall, and Kiritimati Atoll), and any potentially modulating effects caused by salinity to community structure. In addition, we discuss several emerging issues in the field (linking function to newly discovered phyla and microbial dark matter), which illustrate the changing paradigm that is seen as technology has rapidly advanced in the study of these extreme and evolutionally significant ecosystems. View Full-Text
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Wong, H.L.; Ahmed-Cox, A.; Burns, B.P. Molecular Ecology of Hypersaline Microbial Mats: Current Insights and New Directions. Microorganisms 2016, 4, 6.
Wong HL, Ahmed-Cox A, Burns BP. Molecular Ecology of Hypersaline Microbial Mats: Current Insights and New Directions. Microorganisms. 2016; 4(1):6.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wong, Hon L.; Ahmed-Cox, Aria; Burns, Brendan P. 2016. "Molecular Ecology of Hypersaline Microbial Mats: Current Insights and New Directions." Microorganisms 4, no. 1: 6.
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