Resilience of microbial systems towards disturbances

S. Botton, M. van Heusden, J.R. Parsons, H. Smidt, N. van Straalen

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In this paper we aim at summarizing the current definitions of resilience in systems ecology with particular attention towards microbial systems. The recent advances of biomolecular techniques have provided scientists with new tools to investigate these systems in greater detail and with higher resolution. Therefore existing concepts and hypotheses have been revisited and discussed with respect to their applicability for ecosystems ruled by microbial processes. This review has also led to some reflections on the suitability of the term ¿resilience¿ as a general goal in environmental policies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-112
JournalCritical Reviews in Microbiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • ecosystem function relationship
  • food-web stability
  • community structure
  • ecological resilience
  • functional stability
  • regime shifts
  • pasture soil
  • biodiversity
  • diversity
  • redundancy


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