Microbial Interactions


Microbial interactions are ubiquitous, diverse, critically important in the function of any biological community, and are crucial in global biogeochemistry.

Keywords: diversity; interactions; microorganisms; aquatic soil

Figure 1.

Fluorescence of methanogenic syntrophic partners of an anaerobic marine ciliate Metopus (length, 120 μm).

Figure 2.

Major interactions between members of marine planktonic communities: microbial loop links (red); ‘classical’ food chain (yellow); links the importance of which became apparent only very recently (green). Dashed lines indicate links that are at present difficult to quantify.



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Epstein, Slava S(May 2003) Microbial Interactions. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003285]