30.1 Principles of Microbial Ecology

1. Within the biosphere, ecosystems vary in their biodiversity and biomass.

2. The microenvironment immediately surrounding a microorganism is most relevant to its survival and growth.

Nutrient Acquisition

1. Primary producers convert carbon dioxide into organic material; consumers utilize the organic materials, directly or indirectly, produced by plants; decomposers digest the remains of primary producers and consumers. (Figure 30.2)

Bacteria in Low Nutrient Environments

1. Microorganisms capable of growing in dilute aqueous solutions are common in nature; often they grow in biofilms.

Microbial Competition and Antagonism

1. Microorganisms in the environment vie for the same limited pool of nutrients. (Figure 30.3)

2. A species may competitively exclude others, or produce compounds that inhibit others.

Detox Diet Basics

Detox Diet Basics

Our internal organs, the colon, liver and intestines, help our bodies eliminate toxic and harmful  matter from our bloodstreams and tissues. Often, our systems become overloaded with waste. The very air we breathe, and all of its pollutants, build up in our bodies. Today’s over processed foods and environmental pollutants can easily overwhelm our delicate systems and cause toxic matter to build up in our bodies.

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