Biogeography of Microscopic Organisms: Is Everything Small Everywhere?

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Diego Fontaneto
Cambridge University Press, 19/mag/2011
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Bringing together the viewpoints of leading experts in taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of different taxa, this book synthesises discussion surrounding the so-called 'everything is everywhere' hypothesis. It addresses the processes that generate spatial patterns of diversity and biogeography in organisms that can potentially be cosmopolitan. The contributors discuss questions such as: are microorganisms (e.g. prokaryotes, protists, algae, yeast and microscopic fungi, plants and animals) really cosmopolitan in their distribution? What are the biological properties that allow such potential distribution? Are there processes that would limit their distribution? Are microorganisms intrinsically different from macroscopic ones? What can microorganisms tell us about the generalities of biogeography? Can they be used for experimental biogeography? Written for graduate students and academic researchers, the book promotes a more complete understanding of the spatial patterns and the general processes in biogeography.
  

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Arcellinida model of organisms for assessing microbial biogeography
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the distribution of cactophilic yeast
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Part IV Pluricellular eukaryotes
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does size matter?
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13 Ubiquity of microscopic animals? Evidence from the morphological approach in species identification
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14 Molecular approach to micrometazoans Are they here there and everywhere?
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Part V Processes
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16 A metacommunity perspective on the phylo and biogeography of small organisms
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research directions and prospects for experimental biogeogr
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Index
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Diego Fontaneto is a NERC Advanced Research Fellow at the Imperial College London Division of Biology, Ascot, UK. His research focuses on spatial patterns and processes in microscopic animals, with particular interest in rotifers.

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