Bacteria / Bacterium 1
A collection of informative articles with an overview by Mol smith

(Jan/Feb 2015)

Animated gif by David Walker from video clips taken by Edward Cowen, UK

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Essentially, there are 3 general types of bacteria, each being specialised to different environments and having specific advantages in various organisms in relation to other forms. They exist all around us, in the air we breathe, on the surfaces we touch, on our skin, and within us. Many bacteria, contrary to popular misconception do not actually do any harm to mankind, and in fact, can be helpful to us, such as the bacteria responsible for turning milk to yogurt, breaking down detritus into soil, and those which live symbiotically in our gut. Typically a few micrometres in length, bacteria have a number of shapes, ranging from spheres to rods and spirals. Bacteria were among the first life forms to appear on Earth, and are present in most of its habitats. Bacteria inhabit soil, water, acidic hot springs, radioactive waste, and the deep portions of Earth's crust. Bacteria also live in symbiotic and parasitic relationships with plants and animals. They are also known to have flourished in manned spacecraft.

There are typically 40 million bacterial cells in a gram of soil and a million bacterial cells in a millilitre of fresh water. There are approximately 51030 bacteria on Earth, forming a biomass which exceeds that of all plants and animals. [ more from wikipedia... ]

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1. Observing bacteria [Micscape & Microcopy-uk]
... Observing Bacteria Robert Pavlis, Girard, Kansas USA Observing Living Bacteria with Phase Contrast: Living bacteria are difficult to observe with microscopes for two fundamental reasons: ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 660  -  15 Jan 2015  -  26k  -  URL:
'An exciting book for the amateur microscopist'. Review by Walter Dioni, a retired professional biologist.
... 'A FIELD GUIDE TO BACTERIA' An exciting book for the amateur microscopist. Reviewed for Micscape Magazine by Walter Dioni. Updated July 2014 Please note: ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 630  -  16 Jul 2014  -  35k  -  URL:
3. An overview of bacteria. [Micscape & Microcopy-uk]
For the microscopy hobbyist.
... An Overview of Bacteria by Matt Emery (UK), an A level sciences student, and amateur microbiologist Essentially, there are 3 general types of bacteria ...
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4. Bacteria [Micscape & Microcopy-uk]
... BACTERIA by Wim van Egmond Merismopedia, a cyanobacteria Bacteria are the most ancient life forms Most bacteria are so small that under a light microscope you can only ...
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... Looking at Bacteria by Mike Morgan, UK Introduction Looking at pond water under the high power of the microscope often shows minute organisms of various shapes moving in ...
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6. Rhizobial Symbiosis [Micscape & Microcopy-uk]
... among plants and fungi. Another form of symbiosis can be found between nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria called rhizobia and plant roots. This is correctly called rhizobial symbiosis; hosts ...
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... 3M band aids reportedly can take repeated sterilizations and not lose their ability to keep bacteria from entering or escaping the container. I have also use the 3M Band-Aids ...
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Dance of the Spirocheates - video clips
... Cowen, UK. The video clips show the intriguing movements of Spirochaetes which are bacteria (phylum Spirochaetae) characterised by their corkscrew shape. Obtaining video sequences of ...
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10. Classification of Living Things [Micscape & Microcopy-uk]
Classification of Living Things
... two kingdoms. A current approach now argued for is for five kingdoms Prokarya or Bacteria, Animalia, Plantae, Fungi and Protoctista. The Kingdom Prokarya or Bacteria ...
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Youtube Video
An interesting video depicting an ideas about seeing bacteria if they were bigger.

A 3D model of an Amoeba 

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An Article using the Bacterium model

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