Mapping the protistan 'rare biosphere'
Department of Microbiology, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Journal of Biology 2009, 8:105 doi:10.1186/jbiol201Published: 29 December 2009
The use of cultivation-independent approaches to map microbial diversity, including recent work published in BMC Biology, has now shown that protists, like bacteria/archaea, are much more diverse than had been realized. Uncovering eukaryotic diversity may now be limited not by access to samples or cost but rather by the availability of full-length reference sequence data.