Keystone taxa as drivers of microbiome structure and functioning

Banerjee, Samiran; Schlaeppi, Klaus; van der Heijden, Marcel G. A. (2018). Keystone taxa as drivers of microbiome structure and functioning. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 16(9), pp. 567-576. Springer Nature 10.1038/s41579-018-0024-1

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Microorganisms have a pivotal role in the functioning of ecosystems. Recent studies have shown that microbial communities harbour keystone taxa, which drive community composition and function irrespective of their abundance. In this Opinion article, we propose a definition of keystone taxa in microbial ecology and summarize over 200 microbial keystone taxa that have been identified in soil, plant and marine ecosystems, as well as in the human microbiome. We explore the importance of keystone taxa and keystone guilds for microbiome structure and functioning and discuss the factors that determine their distribution and activities.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Biotic Interactions
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Schläppi, Klaus Bernhard

Subjects:

500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

1740-1526

Publisher:

Springer Nature

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2018 14:41

Last Modified:

04 Feb 2019 07:07

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/s41579-018-0024-1

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.117151

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/117151

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