Percent of the different kinds of microbes that have been successfully cultured

Range <1 %
Organism Microbes
Reference Huse SM, Dethlefsen L, Huber JA, Mark Welch D, Relman DA, Sogin ML. Exploring microbial diversity and taxonomy using SSU rRNA hypervariable tag sequencing. PLoS Genet. 2008 Nov4(11):e1000255. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1000255. p.2 left column top paragraphPubMed ID19023400
Primary Source Pace NR. A molecular view of microbial diversity and the biosphere. Science. 1997 May 2 276(5313):734-40.PubMed ID9115194
Comments "It is now evident that microbiologists have been successful in culturing fewer than one percent of the different kinds of single cell organisms from most microbial communities [primary source]."
Entered by Uri M
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