WAYS BACTERIA ARE BENEFICIAL

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Dec 12, 2012 (4 years and 11 months ago)

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WAYS BACTERIA ARE BENEFICIAL

Natural flora in body
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Inhibit growth of pathogenic bacteria

Symbionts in digestive tract of
animals


Make v
itamins
-

K and B
12


Digest cellulose

Make foods we like


Yogurt,
cheese,
pickles, sauerkraut,
kimchi, wine

Important decomposers in ecosystems


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recycle nutrients in biogeochemical cycles

Bioremediation


clean
-
up of oil spills, toxic waste

Nitrogen fixation
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Change N
2

gas into form usable by living things

Make medicine
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Geneti
cally engineered bacteria make human insulin, growth hormone, etc


Source of antibiotics

Source of Taq polymerase for PCR (genetic engineering)

Ancestors of mitochondria/chloroplasts


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ENDOSYMBIOTIC THEORY