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Old 12-10-2010, 04:21 PM   #1
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Experiment 9: Microbial biodiversity

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Although biodiversity has been the focus of heated debates and political platforms, little attention has been paid, in all of the international discussion of the topic, to preserving biodiversity of microorganisms, which have provided a rich source of technology for improving human existence since the beginning of civilization. Bacteria and fungi are responsible for all of our fermented food and drink – bread, cheese, sauerkraut, yogurt, soy sauce, wine, beer, and sake – and for many of the antibiotics that have vastly reduced human mortality due to bacterial infections. Penicillin was first discovered in a culture of a common mold, Penicillium, and most of our antibiotics are produced by bacteria or fungi that live in soil
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Slow Money: Reconnecting the Economy to Soil, Biodiversity and Food Quality

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It is estimated that in a gram of soil, there are billions of single-celled organisms and millions more multicelled ones, as well as more than 4,000 species, most of them not yet named or studied by scientists.

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