Bacteria-organic matter relationship in sediments: a case of spurious correlation

D. F. Bird, C. M. Duarte

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A longstanding claim regarding the existence of a strong positive relationship between bacterial abundance and organic matter in aquatic sediments is potentially spurious. The statistical significance of the relationship results primarily from standardization of both variables to dry weight of sediments. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)904-908
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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