MIT researchers studied ecosystems of up to 48 species of bacteria and examined how the communities’ stability shifted.
The dynamics of natural ecosystems are difficult to study because while scientists can make observations about how species interact with each other, they usually can’t do controlled experiments in the wild. Gore’s lab specializes in using microbes such as bacteria and yeast to analyze interspecies interactions in a controlled way, in hopes of learning more about how natural ecosystems behave.
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