Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

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Estimating and comparing the diversity of marine actinobacteria



This paper reviews the application of species richness estimators to microbial diversity data and describes phylogenetic approaches to comparing microbial communities. The techniques are demonstrated using a community of marine actinobacteria. Results demonstrate that marine environments harbour massive actinobacterial diversity. Furthermore, these predictions are likely to be severe underestimates due to the use of arbitrary OTU definitions.


16S rDNA Actinobacteria Diversity Estimation Marine OTU Phylogeny 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research school of BiosciencesUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  2. 2.Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability, School of Biology, Devonshire BuildingUniversity of NewcastleUK

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