Microbial diversity: the importance of exploration and conservation

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.

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Received 24 April 1996/ Accepted in revised form 07 January 1997

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Colwell, R. Microbial diversity: the importance of exploration and conservation. J Ind Microbiol Biotech 18, 302–307 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.jim.2900390

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  • Keywords: microbial diversity; biodiversity conservation; marine microbial diversity