Taxa-area relationships for microbes: the unsampled and the unseen

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dc.contributor.author Woodcock, Stephen en_US
dc.contributor.author Curtis, Thomas en_US
dc.contributor.author Head, Ian en_US
dc.contributor.author Lunn, Mary en_US
dc.contributor.author Sloan, William en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-07T06:20:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-07T06:20:11Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier 2009008134 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Woodcock Stephen et al. 2006, 'Taxa-area relationships for microbes: the unsampled and the unseen', Wiley-Blackwell, vol. 9, no. 7, pp. 805-812. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1461-023X en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/13252
dc.description.abstract The recent observation of a power?law relationship, S ? Az, between number of taxa, S, and area, A, for microbial eukaryotes and bacteria suggests that this is one of the few generic relationships in ecology, applicable to plants, animals and microbes. However, the rate of increase in the number of species with area varies from approximately the fourth (z = 0.26) to as little as the 50th root (z = 0.0019) in microbes. This is an enormous range for which no quantitative explanation has been proffered. We show by sampling from synthetic populations that the disparity between sample and community sizes in microbial community surveys means z can be considerably underestimated and accrual of rare taxa with increasing area will not be detectable. Significant microbial taxa?area relationships will only be observed when changes in community structure within samples correlate with area. Thus, the very low z values observed recently cannot be used as the sole evidence in support of any particular community theory of community assembly. More generally, this suggests that our search for patterns and laws in the microbial world will be profoundly influenced and, potentially distorted by the sample sizes that are typical of microbial community surveys. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00929.x en_US
dc.title Taxa-area relationships for microbes: the unsampled and the unseen en_US
dc.parent Ecology Letters en_US
dc.journal.volume 9 en_US
dc.journal.number 7 en_US
dc.publocation UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 805 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 812 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Mathematical Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 060200 en_US
dc.personcode 109172 en_US
dc.personcode 0000064209 en_US
dc.personcode 0000064207 en_US
dc.personcode 0000064206 en_US
dc.personcode 0000064205 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Ecology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords * Taxa-area; * microbial ecology; * neutral community assembly; * sampling en_US


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