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            Microorganisms
have many traits; those traits can have a broad impact on the biosphere. It is
a known fact that microorganisms are very small. So small that they can only be
seen under a compound microscope. However, I am more interested in its
ubiquitous distribution throughout all of Earth’s habitats. From bacteria, to
viruses, protozoa, fungi, and algae, it’s amazing to think about how abundant
microbes are. Single-celled organisms have been found in simple places like on
one’s skin or on the clothes one is wearing to much more extreme locations. In
an article written on this subject, it was said that “To provide more evidence
on microbe’s ubiquity, they can be found inside a solid rock or even between
the grains of minerals. Also, these bacteria, fungi, archaea, etc. are found
everywhere above and even beneath the Earth’s surface” (Sherwood). Microorganisms
are important and can change many things on the Earth. Because of this and the
fact that they are found everywhere, I believe some microbes will never become
obsolete. There ubiquitous distribution throughout the Earth’s habitats has
caused microbes to “play a very important role in the biosphere, particularly
in the areas of mineral transformations, element biotransformation, and
biogeochemical cycling” (Satyanarayana et al. 547). Its amazing once you think
about it. The population of human beings on this planet is around seven
billion. For each human, there are about hundred trillion microbes in and on
their body. Moreover, even though all microbes are ubiquitous, some are more
ubiquitous than others. In an abstract, it was written that “microorganisms
with larger genomes and more metabolic versatility were more likely to have
larger geographical and environmental distributions” (Barberán et al).
Microorganisms have many traits, but I believe that the fact that they are
ubiquitous is more interesting and why microbes have such a huge impact on the
Earth’s biosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

 

Barberán, Ramirez, Leff, Bradford, Wall,
and Fierer. “Why Are Some Microbes More Ubiquitous Than Others? Predicting the
Habitat Breadth of Soil Bacteria.” PubMed, Jul 2104: Web. 24 Jan 2018.

Satyanarayana, Johri, and Prakash. Microorganisms
in Environmental Management: Microbes and Environment. Springer Science &
Business Media, 2012. Print.

Sherwood, Susan. “What is Ubiquity in
Microbiology?” Sciencing, 25 April, 2017: Web. 24 Jan 2018.

 

 

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