SOIL MICROBES

Traits track taxonomy

A novel technique based on isotope analysis shows that, compared to ecosystem type, evolutionary history explains more variation in bacterial growth traits along an elevation gradient. This knowledge could help move microbial ecologists toward improved predictive models of soil processes.

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Fig. 1: Using a new technique with isotope labels, Morrissey et al.2 show that evolutionary history explains more variation in traits of soil bacteria than soil conditions in ecosystems across an elevation gradient.

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Allison, S.D. Traits track taxonomy. Nat Ecol Evol 3, 1001–1002 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-0937-8

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