Research Finds Bacteria Rich in Temperate Regions Tropical rainforests are often heralded as the ultimate in biodiversity. But new research shows that there are many more kinds of bacteria in temperate regions -- even deserts -- than the rainforest. This has ramifications as scientists search for new antibiotics and medicines from bacteria.
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Research Finds Bacteria Rich in Temperate Regions

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Research Finds Bacteria Rich in Temperate Regions

Research Finds Bacteria Rich in Temperate Regions

Research Finds Bacteria Rich in Temperate Regions

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Tropical rainforests are often heralded as the ultimate in biodiversity. But new research shows that there are many more kinds of bacteria in temperate regions — even deserts — than the rainforest. Recent discoveries of bacterial diversity in the oceans also contradicts the traditional tropics-rich view of life. This has ramifications as scientists search for new antibiotics and medicines from bacteria.