Paper on Bacterial Diversity-Productivity relationships published in FEMS Microbiology
April 15, 2020
The study focused on differences in diversity-productivity relationships between free living bacteria in the water, and those living on particles suspended in the water. The authors found that more diverse particle-associated bacterial communities were more productive, while the same pattern did not hold for free-living bacteria. This shows the importance of microhabitats on suspended particles in increasing the productivity of bacterial communities by supporting greater diversity.
The study was a collaboration between the Biddanda Lab at GVSU and the Denef Lab at UM, and can be found here.