Phylogenetic clustering of soil microbial communities by 16S rRNA but not 16S rRNA genes

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Apr;78(7):2459-61. doi: 10.1128/AEM.07547-11. Epub 2012 Jan 27.


We evaluated phylogenetic clustering of bacterial and archaeal communities from redox-dynamic subtropical forest soils that were defined by 16S rRNA and rRNA gene sequences. We observed significant clustering for the RNA-based communities but not the DNA-based communities, as well as increasing clustering over time of the highly active taxa detected by only rRNA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Archaea / classification*
  • Archaea / genetics
  • Bacteria / classification*
  • Bacteria / genetics
  • Biodiversity
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Ecosystem
  • Genes, rRNA / genetics*
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Phylogeny*
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics*
  • Soil Microbiology*
  • Trees
  • Tropical Climate


  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S