Editorial : The role of dispersal and transmission in structuring microbial communities

Microbial communities influence the systems they inhabit by driving ecosystem processes and promoting the health and fitness of plant and animals hosts. While an extensive body of work has documented variation in microbial community membership across hosts and systems, understanding the drivers of this variation remains a challenge. Much of the focus of these efforts has been on the characterization of host variation or the abiotic environment, and has overlooked the role of dispersal, i.e., the movement of organisms across space, and transmission, i.e., the movement of microbes among environments, hosts and between hosts and their environment.


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