The Variety and Roles of Microbes
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.
- Moreno, N., Tharp, B., Erdmann, D., Rahmati Clayton, S., Denk, J. (2008). The Science of Microbes Teacher’s Guide. Houston, TX: BioEd.
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