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The Variety and Roles of Microbes

Author(s): Barbara Tharp, MS, and Nancy Moreno, PhD

Examples of Microbes in the Environment

Microbes are naturally-occurring almost everywhere. From backyard compost piles to acidic hot springs, they play multiple roles in every ecosystem. Some of these roles include decomposition, symbiotic relationships with other organisms, nutrient cycling, and manufacture of compounds needed by other organisms.

Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: 5R25RR018605