Biogeography of Microscopic Organisms: Is Everything Small by Diego Fontaneto

By Diego Fontaneto

Bringing jointly the viewpoints of prime specialists in taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of other taxa, this ebook synthesises dialogue surrounding the so-called 'everything is in all places' speculation. It addresses the techniques that generate spatial styles of variety and biogeography in organisms which could almost certainly be cosmopolitan. The individuals talk about questions comparable to: are microorganisms (e.g. prokaryotes, protists, algae, yeast and microscopic fungi, crops and animals) rather cosmopolitan of their distribution? What are the organic homes that permit such strength distribution? Are there tactics that will restrict their distribution? Are microorganisms intrinsically diversified from macroscopic ones? What can microorganisms let us know in regards to the generalities of biogeography? Can they be used for experimental biogeography? Written for graduate scholars and educational researchers, the publication promotes a extra whole figuring out of the spatial styles and the final strategies in biogeography.

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44 biogeogr a phy of microscopic org anisms the environment is indeed responsible for ‘selecting’ the Â�organisms in a particular habitat, then we should expect to be able to identify the specific controlling factors for particular organisms. As a consequence of this speculation and as suggested by the literature and experience, the presence of thermophilic bacteria is to be expected in hot environments, from which many of these organisms have been indeed isolated. However, the presence of thermophilic bacteria in cooler environments has been known for many years but few investigations have been carried out to assess their physiology, their ecological roles and to interpret their presence in the framework of biogeographic theory.

Phylogenetic relationships and taxonomic affiliations of the isolates were performed by means of Amplified Ribosomal DNA Restriction Analyses (ARDRA) and subsequent sequencing of near full-length of the 16S rRNA gene. These molecular tools allowed all the isolates to be assigned to the bacterial domain and to the closest phylogenetic neighbours in the EMBL database. T70, F70 and T80 were closely related (> 99%) to Geobacillus thermoleovorans strains while 99% of similarity was found for B70 and F70 with Geobacillus caldoxylolyticus (EMBL, AF067651) and Bacillus sp.

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