Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
SOIL, 8, 297–308, 2022
SOIL, 8, 297–308, 2022
Original research article
08 Apr 2022
Original research article | 08 Apr 2022

Lower functional redundancy in “narrow” than “broad” functions in global soil metagenomics

Huaihai Chen et al.

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By analyzing and generalizing microbial taxonomic and functional profiles, we provide strong evidence that the degree of soil microbial functional redundancy differs significantly between “broad” and “narrow” functions across the globe. Future sequencing efforts will likely increase our confidence in comparative metagenomes and provide time-series information to further identify to what extent microbial functional redundancy regulates dynamic ecological fluxes across space and time.