Bacteria are unicellular organisms, in other words they are made of a single cell. Bacteria were the first organisms that lived on the Earth. They appeared 3 billion years ago in the waters of the first oceans. Bacteria or prokaryotes are the most widespread living beings in the Earth: in a spoonful of soil, for example, it is possible to find up to 10,000 billion bacteria. Their size is extremely small, in fact most bacteria cells have a diameter that ranges from 1 to 10 microns (one micron is equivalent to one thousandth of a millimetre): a line of one thousand neatly arranged bacteria, would be only one millimetre long.

subjects dealt with in Bacteria

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Bacteria knowledge

Bacteria or prokaryotes are the most common living beings on Earth: one spoonful of soil can contain, for instance, up…

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Man and bacteria

The first scientist to have studied and described bacteria was Anton van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723). He was a textile dealer who…

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Environment

A group of American scientists have succeeded to create some genetically modified organisms that can produce oil. The most popular…

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Protection of water and soil

Pseudomonas are aerobic, rod-shaped bacteria. They can use over one hundred organic compounds as a source of energy and carbon.…

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