By: Allen Teal
Lichens are comprised of a symbiotic relationship between an algae and a fungus. The green or blue-green algae produces food via photosynthesis that the fungus can eat. The fungus provides an anchor, moisture, and nutrient source for the algae. Together, they look like a flat...
By: Anne StClair
In answering the question of why algae, fungi and microbes are not plant life, it is first necessary to understand what a plant is. The online dictionary www.dictionary.com defines a plant as: "any member of the kingdom Plantae, comprising multicellular organisms that typically...
By: John Cane
Most of the world just thinks of Bacteria and Viruses as "germs" and fails to make any real distinction between them. This leads to any numner of problems from a medical standpoint because often patients doctors demanding a treatment for bacteria when they actually have...
By: Emma D
Aerosol spread or transmission is one of the ways bacteria and viruses spread from one host to a new one. It is by no means a fully effective route and the success of a particular bacterium or virus particle is dependent on many variables including...
By: Paul Wallis
VIRUSES ON THE MARCH: IS THIS THE VIRAL CAMBRIAN?If you want a reason to study microbiology, you're breathing it, and now is the time to do it. Something extraordinary is happening in global microbiology: the advent of the viruses as a global force. Viral...
By: Cathy Linton
Mycology is the study of fungi. Fungi such as mushrooms, toadstools, yeasts and molds were historically thought to be plants, but are in fact neither plant nor animal but a completely different species in their own right.While Mycology may not seem to many to...
By: Shamma B S
Beer is brewed from barely grain. The process involves six stages:1. During malting, dry grain is soaked (steeped) in water and then layered in a melting tower or spread on a melting floor. This allows the grain to germinate partially so that its store of...
By: Jane Allyson
There is an incredible 100,000 species of organisms which are classed as fungi and are divided into 4 groups. These are known as: Zygomycota, Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and Deuteromycota.Zygomycota Commonly known as the bread molds, such as those of the genus Glomus, that form...
By: Allen Teal
Algae come in mostly red and green. Most freshwater algae are green. This is the stuff that makes water turn green when it is becoming stagnant. Algae tend to be long filaments of plant material although some can exist as single cells. Green algae are...
By: Mama Fen
There has been a great deal of debate on the subject of viruses and whether or not they can truly be considered a life form. However, their effect on all living creatures cannot be denied, and as such it behooves us to study them intently...

 

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