From Petri Dishes to Model Ecosystems
Model ecosystems could provide significant insight on the evolution and behavior of real ecosystems. We discuss the advantages and limitations of common approaches like mesocosms. In this context, we highlight recent breakthroughs that allow for the creation of networks of organisms with independently controlled environments and rates of chemical exchange.
This is a manuscript of an article published as Siemianowski, Oskar, Kara R. Lind, Xinchun Tian, Matt Cain, Songzhe Xu, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, and Ludovico Cademartiri. "From Petri Dishes to Model Ecosystems." Trends in Plant Science (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2018.03.006. Posted with permission.