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    Microbes role in ecosystems

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    For this module you are to do the following:
    Discuss the role of the microbes (you have selected)* in the ecosystem.
    You may use "Chapters 6 and 7" in Microbes: Concepts and Applications, to search for your microbes.
    *Note: After you have conducted independent research if you cannot find specific examples of the role of the specific microbes you have selected for the SLP you may discuss the general role of microbes in the ecosystem.
    Please upload your M5 SLP when it is completed.

    Fungi , Bacteria, and Algae

    Role of Fungi, Bacteria, and Algae in Ecosystem

    Fungi's Role in the Ecoystem

    Fungi have a very diverse role in the ecosystem. Unlike plants that can perform photosynthesis to produce their own food, fungi do not have chlorophyll, and therefore must obtain food from other sources. The fungi's role in the ecosystem is that they can break down and decompose dead plants and animals. These fungi are called saprophytes. The saprophytes are like the cleaner of the dead matter in the environment because they decompose organic matter. Saprohytes grow on dead material and decay them. This include leaves, grass, dung, dead wood, and ...

    Solution Summary

    Microbes played a pivotal role in the ecosystem. The world would not support life without the aid of the microbes. Bacteria can do nitrogen fixation that convert toxic gaseous nitrogen into feasible nitrates for other plants. Fungi provide the plants with nutrients to live longer and healthier. Algae provide the oxygen for all aquatic organisms to survive. Without microbes, we will all be dead.