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Microbial diversity: the importance of exploration and conservation

  • R R Colwell

Microbial diversity is fundamental to maintenance and conservation of global genetic resources. As extreme environments are explored, the richness of microbial diversity is increasingly evident. Measures must be taken to estimate, record, and conserve microbial diversity, not only to sustain human health but also to enrich the human condition globally through wise use and conservation of genetic resources of the microbial world.

Keywords: microbial diversity; biodiversity conservation; marine microbial diversity 

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© Society for Industrial Microbiology 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • R R Colwell
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  1. 1.University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, 4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 550, College Park, MD 20740, USAUS

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