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Why are microbes essential for life as we know it and the processes that support life?

Topic

Impact of Microorganisms

Framing Question

Why are microbes essential for life as we know it and the processes that support life?

Learning Objectives

  • Provide examples of essential microbe-microbe or microbe-host relationships.
  • Describe the role of cyanobacteria in the oxygenation of the atmosphere.
  • Describe the normal microbiota and the purposes they serve in the environment and human populations.
  • Predict the effect on a host organism if the normal microbiota were removed.
  • Explain the role of natural microbial populations in bioremediation/decomposition/nutrient cycling.

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