Microbial competition in polar soils: a review of an understudied but potentially important control on productivity

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.3390/biology2020533
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TypeArticle
Journal titleBiology
ISSN2079-7737
Volume2
Issue2
Pages533554
SubjectCompetition; Arctic; Antarctic; Bacteria; Fungi; Biogeochemistry; Biodegradation; Soil; Microbial communities
AbstractIntermicrobial competition is known to occur in many natural environments, and can result from direct conflict between organisms, or from differential rates of growth, colonization, and/or nutrient acquisition. It has been difficult to extensively examine intermicrobial competition in situ, but these interactions may play an important role in the regulation of the many biogeochemical processes that are tied to microbial communities in polar soils. A greater understanding of how competition influences productivity will improve projections of gas and nutrient flux as the poles warm, may provide biotechnological opportunities for increasing the degradation of contaminants in polar soil, and will help to predict changes in communities of higher organisms, such as plants.
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AffiliationNRC Biotechnology Research Institute; Energy, Mining and Environment; National Research Council Canada
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Identifierbiology2020533
NPARC number23000563
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