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Using compost ensures the right mix of microbes your plants need to feed them (except for the mycorrhizal fungus, which needs to be added or applied to your seeds before planting).
This organic matter will also help to feed the millions of microbes in the soil, helping to drive the soil food web.
Most biodegradable products have to be disposed of in compost facilities in order to break down and be consumed by microbes.
Medically, doctors don’t know whether viruses or other microbes that are common among animals could spread to people via the transplants, despite their best efforts to control them.
Though antibiotics are prized for their ability to combat the microbes that make humans sick, most of them actually come from bacteria.
Recent studies have shown that both a vaginal birth and exclusive breast-feeding can significantly affect the kinds and numbers of their gut microbes and the risk of developing various health problems.
Pratt will also work to make sure that Earth's microbes don't accidentally make to other planets through exploratory probes, or the boots of astronauts embarking on their next mission.
Alien microbes could, in theory, feast beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
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Did You Know?
A hint of the Greek word bios, meaning "life", can be seen in microbe. Microbes, or microorganisms, include bacteria, protozoa, fungi, algae, amoebas, and slime molds. Many people think of microbes as simply the causes of disease, but every human is actually the host to billions of microbes, and most of them are essential to our life. Much research is now going into possible microbial sources of future energy; algae looks particularly promising, as do certain newly discovered or created microbes that can produce cellulose, to be turned into ethanol and other biofuels.
MICROBE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of microbe for English Language Learners
: an extremely small living thing that can only be seen with a microscope
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