Diversity, Benefits and Detriments of Microbes

Diversity, Benefits and Detriments of Microbes

Microbiology is both a basic and an applied science. It is not a single subject! It has many areas of specialization, including bacteriology, mycology (study of fungi), phycology (study of algae), virology, medical microbiology & immunology, public health, food microbiology, biotechnology, microbial genetics, and cell & molecular biology. In this assignment, we will discuss some of the various disciplines associated with microbiology and the beneficial microbes associated with them.

For your main discussion post (first post),
A. You must choose from among the beneficial organisms below.
B. It is required of all students to reserve their discussion topic using the following procedure:
I. Click Week 1 Discussion, above, to enter the Discussion. 
II. Click Create Thread and type the number and scientific name of the organism you will discuss in the subject line to reserve your topic on a first come/first serve basis according to the classroom date/time stamp. Repeat main posts on the same organism are not permitted.
C. To post your main discussion you will Reply to your topic intent post.

Please choose one of the following beneficial microbes for your main discussion:
1. Acetobacter aceti
2. Alcanivorax borkumensis
3. Arthrospira platensis
4. Aspergillus niger
5. Bacillus thuringiensis
6. Bifidobacterium infantis
7. Brettanomyces bruxellensis
8. Deinococcus radiodurans
9. Dunaliella salina
10. Escherichia coli
11. Geobacter metallireducens
12. Ideonella sakaiensis
13. Lactobacillus acidophilus
14. Lactobacillus gasseri
15. Oenococcus oeni
16. Paenibacillus polymyxa
17. Penicillium camemberti
18. Penicillium chrysogenum
19. Pseudomonas putida
20. Rhizobium leguminosarum
21. Saccharomyces cerevisiae
22. Shewanella oneidensis
23. Sinorhizobium meliloti
24. Streptomyces griseus
25. Synechococcus elongatus
26. Thiomargarita namibiensis

D.  You must discuss your chosen organism to tell us what type of microbe it is, what helpful beneficial actions it performs and which subfield of microbiology it is involved in. You must discuss only the helpful, beneficial, positive aspects of your chosen organism for your entire main discussion.

E.  Your  discussion should be well-written, in your own words, paraphrasing from only credible academic sources. You may not directly quote from your sources, minimum elaboration on the topic of a minimum of 300 words and maximum of 400 words.

F.  You must also cite your credible academic reference sources with parenthetical in text citations, and provide full end ref information in APA 7th Edition format.

G.  Due by 11:59PM ET Friday, on any day of the week other than the days you post your two comments, to meet the minimum three day posting requirement.


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