Glossary Term: Operational Taxonomic Units


1. Phylogenetic comparison to other species (usually after DNA studies are performed) and the ordering of each species taxonomically. Typically using rDNA and a percent similarity threshold for classifying microbes within the same, or different, OTUs. A terminal node in phylogenetic analysis. Taxonomic level of sampling selected by the user to be used in a study, such as individuals, populations, species, genera, or strains.

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