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This chapter provides a descriptive outline of the , the , and some new chemical boundaries of their habitats in the more usual environmental sense (e.g., association with soils, waters, and some extreme environments) and also includes a consideration of microbes associated with macrobes. The recognition that beneath the widely disparate nutritional and environmental needs for the growth and sustenance of different microbes there was an underlying unity in their physiological attributes was a major conceptual contribution that had a marked practical influence on the development, nature, and extent of one's understanding of the significance of prokaryotic diversity. A widely accepted phylogenetic tree that classifies life in three major categories, , , and , is based on the inferences that and diverged from ancestors of the , first as a single lineage and only later diverging and becoming separately recognizable entities. As ever-increasing numbers of unique habitats are examined by use of macromolecular sequence, stable-isotope research, and new cultivation strategies, it is ever more evident that prokaryotic diversity has been regularly underestimated by classical isolation and cultivation approaches. Studies of spp., the prokaryotic intracellular symbionts of aphids, are but one reminder that not all organisms of environmental significance are free-living and that some may exist in mutualistic states. With complete and accessible data collection, there is a good chance that even complex systems with multiple species may yield information that is comprehensible, leads to more accurate predictions, and may be used by the greater scientific community.

Citation: Colwell F, Leadbetter E. 2007. Prokaryotic Diversity: Form, Ecophysiology, and Habitat, p 20-34. In Hurst C, Crawford R, Garland J, Lipson D, Mills A, Stetzenbach L (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815882.ch3
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Citation: Colwell F, Leadbetter E. 2007. Prokaryotic Diversity: Form, Ecophysiology, and Habitat, p 20-34. In Hurst C, Crawford R, Garland J, Lipson D, Mills A, Stetzenbach L (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815882.ch3
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Examples of diversity in morphology of selected prokaryotes

Citation: Colwell F, Leadbetter E. 2007. Prokaryotic Diversity: Form, Ecophysiology, and Habitat, p 20-34. In Hurst C, Crawford R, Garland J, Lipson D, Mills A, Stetzenbach L (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815882.ch3
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Diversity in prokaryote cell size

Citation: Colwell F, Leadbetter E. 2007. Prokaryotic Diversity: Form, Ecophysiology, and Habitat, p 20-34. In Hurst C, Crawford R, Garland J, Lipson D, Mills A, Stetzenbach L (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815882.ch3
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Some nutritional aspects of physiological diversity

Citation: Colwell F, Leadbetter E. 2007. Prokaryotic Diversity: Form, Ecophysiology, and Habitat, p 20-34. In Hurst C, Crawford R, Garland J, Lipson D, Mills A, Stetzenbach L (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815882.ch3
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Some terms used in relation to bacterial growth or metabolic activity

Citation: Colwell F, Leadbetter E. 2007. Prokaryotic Diversity: Form, Ecophysiology, and Habitat, p 20-34. In Hurst C, Crawford R, Garland J, Lipson D, Mills A, Stetzenbach L (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815882.ch3
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Environmental extremes in which prokaryotes are thought to multiply

Citation: Colwell F, Leadbetter E. 2007. Prokaryotic Diversity: Form, Ecophysiology, and Habitat, p 20-34. In Hurst C, Crawford R, Garland J, Lipson D, Mills A, Stetzenbach L (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815882.ch3

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