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Molecular ecology of aquatic communities: Reflections and future directions

Hydrobiologia

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DOI: 10.1023/A:1003763117784

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Abstract

During the 1980s, many new molecular biology techniques were developed, providing new capabilities for studying the genetics and activities of organisms. Biologists and ecologists saw the promise that these techniques held for studying different aspects of organisms, both in culture and in the natural environment. In less than a decade, these techniques were adopted by a large number of researchers studying many types of organisms in diverse environments. Much of the molecular-level information acquired has been used to address questions of evolution, biogeography, population structure and biodiversity. At this juncture, molecular ecologists are poised to contribute to the study of the fundamental characteristics underlying aquatic community structure. The goal of this overview is to assess where we have been, where we are now and what the future holds for revealing the basis of community structure and function with molecular-level information.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Molecular ecology of aquatic communities: Reflections and future directions
Series title:
Hydrobiologia
DOI:
10.1023/A:1003763117784
Volume
401
Year Published:
1999
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Hydrobiologia
First page:
1
Last page:
8
Number of Pages:
8