Understanding Aquatic Microbial Communities
Aquatic environments are divided both physically and functionally into ecosystems whose community organizations include competitions as well as cooperations. Bodies of water that are small and shallow are more likely to be energetically dependent upon allochthonous nutrient inputs from the land. And, at the same time, small and shallow bodies of water will have less buffering capacity against the potential abruptness of fluctuations in allochthonous inputs. Larger bodies of water will by nature of their size have more buffering capacity against allochthonous impacts, and larger bodies of water also will be more reliant upon their autochthonous energy resources. All of the surfaces within aquatic systems contain biofilms, and in a sense it often takes a biofilm to nurture a microbe. Being part of a biofilm has both its blessings and curses, its benefits as well as limitations. Our task of understanding the nature of aquatic microbial communities requires recognizing interrelationships between the good, the bad, and the ugly, with slimy and smelly being par for the course.
KeywordsAquatic Microbial Community
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Christon J. Hurst declares that he has no conflict of interest.
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