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The Variety and Roles of Microbes

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

What Do You Know About Microbes?

Begin the lesson by asking students about different categories of microbes and the various roles they play in nature, human populations, and industry. If students have trouble thinking of examples, remind them of the yeast and yogurt they observed in the activity, "Observing Different Microbes." Discuss their ideas, and encourage them to think of alternative roles of microbes.

Students will look at specific roles that microbes play in the natural world, and in producing various materials and resources used by humans. Students also will learn about the four designated groups of microbes (viruses, bacteria, protists and fungi), characteristics of each group, and the uses and functions of selected microbes within these groups.

Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: 5R25RR018605