1932

Abstract

Flow cytometry, a method of rapidly characterizing optical properties of cells and cell components within individuals, populations, and communities, is advancing research in several areas of ecology, systematics, and evolutionary biology. Measuring the light emitted or scattered from cells or cell components, often in combination with specific stains, allows a multitude of physical and genetic attributes to be evaluated simultaneously and the resulting information to be rapidly processed. As a result, the technique has enabled large-scale comparative analyses of genome-size evolution, taxonomic identification and delineation, and studies of polyploids, reproductive biology, and experimental evolution. It is also being used to characterize the structure and composition of microbial communities. Here, we outline the nature of these contributions, as well as future applications, and provide an online summary of protocols and sampling methods.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.38.091206.095504
2007-12-01
2024-04-15
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

/content/journals/10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.38.091206.095504
Loading
/content/journals/10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.38.091206.095504
Loading

Data & Media loading...

Supplemental Material

Supplementary Data

  • Article Type: Review Article
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error