Biodiversity Science ›› 2007, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (3): 306-311.doi: 10.1360/biodiv.070069

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Review and prospects on methodology and affecting factors of soil mi-crobial diversity

Ju Zhou1, 2*, Ting Lei2   

  1. 1 Bureau of Sciences and Technology for Resources & Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100864
    2 Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049
  • Received:2007-03-09 Online:2007-05-20

Soil microorganisms are important components of soil ecosystem and play central roles in biogeochemical cycling such as organic matter decomposition, mineral nutrient release, and energy transformation. Along with the intensive comprehension of the importance of biodiversity and the rapid development of methodology, more and more studies have focused on soil microbial diversity. This review introduces the current development of methodology and affecting factors of soil microbial diversity. We also discussed the directions of future research on soil microbial diversity.

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