Bacterial diversity differences along an epigenic cave stream reveal evidence of community dynamics, succession, and stability

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Kathleen eBrannen-Donnelly; Annette Summers Engel;
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
  • Journal: Frontiers in Microbiology,volume 6 (issn: 1664-302X, eissn: 1664-302X)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00729, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00729/full, pmc: PMC4508600
  • Subject: succession | cave | environmental disturbance | stream | microorganisms | community dynamics | streams | Microbiology | Original Research | QR1-502 | Bio-Traps® | community assembly

Unchanging physicochemical conditions and nutrient sources over long periods of time in cave and karst subsurface habitats, particularly aquifers, can support stable ecosystems, termed autochthonous microbial endokarst communities (AMEC). AMEC existence is unknown for o... View more
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