Conceptual challenges in microbial community ecology

James I Prosser* (Corresponding Author), Jennifer B H Martiny

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Microorganisms play fundamental roles in all environments. Through their vast genetic, metabolic and physiological diversity, they drive global nutrient cycles, degrade waste material and pollutants and produce and consume greenhouse gases. These different aspects of diversity provide interesting and exciting scientific challenges and ensure that an understanding of the ecology of microbial communities, or microbiomes, is essential for predicting an ecosystem's ‘health’ and its resilience, whether in the human gut, agricultural soil or the open ocean.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20190241
Number of pages3
JournalPhilosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
Issue number1798
Early online date23 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2020

Bibliographical note

We received no funding for this study.


  • ecology
  • evolution
  • genomics
  • microbiology


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