October 9th, 2006

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Ironically, in the diversity of soil bacteria, the otherwise species-rich Amazon is a more like a desert, while the arid desert is a teeming microbial Amazon, researchers have found.

“Although soil bacteria have been studied for centuries, fundamental biological questions remain unanswered," said Fierer. “We probably know more about the organisms in the deepest ocean trenches than we know about the organisms living in soil in our backyards.
“We step on soil every day, but few people realize that 'dirt' supports a complex community of microorganisms that plays a critical role on Earth, he said. "The number of bacterial species in a spoonful of soil is likely to exceed the total number of plant species in all of the United States.”

In Bacterial Diversity, Amazon Is A 'Desert'; Desert Is An 'Amazon' -- Duke University
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