Microbial Biodiversity, Measurement of

Kate M. Scow, Egbert Schwartz, Mara J. Johnson, Jennifer L. Macalady

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Microbial diversity is the measure of the number or relative abundance of microbial species in a local area or region. Measuring microbial diversity may involve counting individual species, numbers of functional groups, or units operationally defined by the particular method being used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780123847195
ISBN (Print)9780123847201
StatePublished - 2001


  • Analysis of cellular constituents
  • Counting microorganisms
  • Enzyme assays
  • Fatty acid analysis
  • MPN methods
  • Measurement of diversity
  • Microbial biodiversity
  • Microbial species
  • Microscopy
  • Nucleic acids
  • Plate counts
  • Substrate utilization patterns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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