Microbial genetics and systematics

Michael S. Allen, Michael G. Lamontagne

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Microbes are by far the most numerous organisms on earth, inhabiting every available niche. Bacteria alone number between 1029 and 1030 cells (Kallmeyer et al. 2012). Microbes facilitate nutrient turnover in all ecosystems, including playing an essential role in degradation of carrion. Which microbes are involved, whether they originate from the soil or the host, and what sorts of succession processes occur in microbial communities during the transition from death through decomposition are all active topics of research. Other chapters in this book address various aspects of these processes, including general ecological interaction of microbial communities (Chapter 3) and microbiome studies of carrion decomposition (Chapter 19). Here, we discuss the problems and considerations inherent in investigating microbial communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCarrion Ecology, Evolution, and Their Applications
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781466575479
ISBN (Print)9781138893849
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


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