Data from: Tradeoffs, spatial heterogeneity, and the maintenance of microbial diversity

Stephanie S. Porter & Kevin J. Rice
Specialization and concomitant tradeoffs are assumed to underlie the non-neutral coexistence of lineages. Tradeoffs across heterogeneous environments can promote diversity by preventing competitive exclusion. However, the importance of tradeoffs in maintaining diversity in natural microbial assemblages is unclear, as tradeoffs are frequently not detected in artificial evolution experiments. Stressful conditions associated with patches of heavy-metal enriched serpentine soils provide excellent opportunities for examining how heterogeneity may foster genetic diversity. Using a spatially-replicated design, we demonstrate...
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