Number of cells in one gram of soil

Range ≤1e10 cells/gram of soil
Organism prokaryote
Reference Torsvik V, Øvreås L. Microbial diversity and function in soil: from genes to ecosystems. Curr Opin Microbiol. 2002 Jun5(3):240-5. p.240 left column bottom paragraphPubMed ID12057676
Primary Source Rosselló-Mora R, Amann R. The species concept for prokaryotes. FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2001 Jan25(1):39-67.PubMed ID11152940
Comments "Microbial diversity in soil ecosystems exceeds, by far, that of eukaryotic organisms. One gram of soil may harbor up to 10 billion microorganisms of possibly thousands of different species [primary source]."
Entered by Uri M
ID 110152