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LTER Microbial Ecology: A Synopsis of Microbial Studies at LTER Sites

The interest in microbial studies within the LTER program is evident by email and fax responses incorporated here, from a request for information from LTER principal investigators. This information is a starting point for documenting existing work in microbial investigations as the LTER program coordinates its efforts toward an integrated LTER Microbial Observatory.

July 25, 2002
A Research Agenda for Microbial Observatories: A 1999 Perspective from Intensive LTER Projects

The LTER Committee on Microbial Ecology – Microbes are essential for the functioning of ecological systems. Vital microbial processes include decomposition and mineralization, many aspects of the nitrogen cycle (e.g., nitrogen fixation, nitrification, denitrification), plant nutrient uptake via mycorrhizal associations, microbial nutrient immobilization, the production of biomass to fuel ecosystem food webs, and the breakdown of toxic materials. While ecologists have developed methods to measure many of the rates of these processes, most have effectively ignored the microbes themselves.

December 1, 1999