Modulation of microbial community dynamics by spatial partitioning.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Microbial communities inhabit spatial architectures that divide a global environment into isolated or semi-isolated local environments, which leads to the partitioning of a microbial community into a collection of local communities. Despite its ubiquity and great interest in related processes, how and to what extent spatial partitioning affects the structures and dynamics of microbial communities are poorly understood. Using modeling and quantitative experiments with simple and complex microbial communities, we demonstrate that spatial partitioning modulates the community dynamics by altering the local interaction types and global interaction strength. Partitioning promotes the persistence of populations with negative interactions but suppresses those with positive interactions. For a community consisting of populations with both positive and negative interactions, an intermediate level of partitioning maximizes the overall diversity of the community. Our results reveal a general mechanism underlying the maintenance of microbial diversity and have implications for natural and engineered communities.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wu, F; Ha, Y; Weiss, A; Wang, M; Letourneau, J; Wang, S; Luo, N; Huang, S; Lee, CT; David, LA; You, L

Published Date

  • April 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 394 - 402

PubMed ID

  • 35145274

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8967799

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-4469

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41589-021-00961-w


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States