Chapter 12 : Towards an Ecosystem Approach to Cheese Microbiology

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While microbes have traditionally been studied as individuals in the laboratory, they exist not as individuals in nature but as parts of complex, multispecies communities. Microbial communities have long been acknowledged as crucial for the proper functioning of our global ecosystem and have recently been implicated in influencing human health, both positively and negatively ( ). Understanding how microbial ecosystems function not only will advance our knowledge of some of the most important, and most ancient, organisms on this planet, microbes, but also could uncover ways to eliminate or manipulate these communities to our advantage.

Citation: Wolfe B, Dutton R. 2014. Towards an Ecosystem Approach to Cheese Microbiology, p 311-321. In Donnelly C (ed), Cheese and Microbes. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.CM-0012-12
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Cheese as a model for microbial ecosystems biology. A conceptual overview of the fundamental biological processes that occur within cheese microbial ecosystems is shown. Emerging systems biology approaches provide the potential to dissect these processes across multiple spatial scales, ranging from individual microbial cells growing within a cheese to microbial communities distributed across a cheesemaking region. doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.CM-0012-12.f1

Citation: Wolfe B, Dutton R. 2014. Towards an Ecosystem Approach to Cheese Microbiology, p 311-321. In Donnelly C (ed), Cheese and Microbes. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.CM-0012-12
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