Microbes and Environments
Online ISSN : 1347-4405
Print ISSN : 1342-6311
ISSN-L : 1342-6311
Towards Cataloguing Soil Bacteria: Preliminary Note
VLADIMIR AKINOVTSUTOMU HATTORI
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1996 Volume 11 Issue 2 Pages 57-60

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Because of the importance of microorganisms as participants in ecosystems on the Earth, the International Union of Biological Sciences in cooperation with the international Union of Microbiological Societies have urged the initiation of a global diversity survey, provisionally called MICROBIAL DIVERSITY 21, aimed at the ultimate full identification of all species (10). The cataloguing of soil bacteria requires: 1) the estimation of microbial diversity in soil on a global scale; 2) the development of standard systems for sampling, identification and quantification of all known bacterial forms in any terrestrial habitat. The focus of our review is current taxonomic knowledge of soil inhabitants as a prerequisite for the inventory of microbial communities.

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