Bridging the Holistic-Reductionist Divide in Microbial Ecology.

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Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
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Title
Bridging the Holistic-Reductionist Divide in Microbial Ecology.
Journal
mSystems
Author(s)
Tecon R., Mitri S., Ciccarese D., Or D., van der Meer J.R., Johnson D.R.
ISSN
2379-5077 (Print)
ISSN-L
2379-5077
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2019
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
4
Number
1
Pages
e00265-18
Language
english
Abstract
Microbial communities are inherently complex systems. To address this complexity, microbial ecologists are developing new, more elaborate laboratory models at an ever-increasing pace. These model microbial communities and habitats have opened up the exploration of new territories that lie between the simplicity and controllability of "synthetic" systems and the convolution and complexity of natural environments. Here, we discuss this classic methodological divide, we propose a conceptual perspective that integrates new research developments, and we sketch a 3-point possible roadmap to cross the divide between controllability and complexity in microbial ecology.
Keywords
metagenomics, microbial communities, microbial diversity, synthetic ecology
Pubmed
Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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