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      Integrating ecology into biotechnology.

      Current Opinion in Biotechnology

      Food Chain, Ecology, Biotechnology

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          New high-throughput culture-independent molecular tools are allowing the scientific community to characterize and understand the microbial communities underpinning environmental biotechnology processes in unprecedented ways. By creatively leveraging these new data sources, microbial ecology has the potential to transition from a purely descriptive to a predictive framework, in which ecological principles are integrated and exploited to engineer systems that are biologically optimized for the desired goal. But to achieve this goal, ecology, engineering and microbiology curricula need to be changed from the very root to better promote interdisciplinarity.

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          10.1016/j.copbio.2007.04.007

          Chemistry

          Food Chain, Ecology, Biotechnology

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