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All you need is a small puddle of water to be able to find some protista, which are very small microorganisms; commonly they may be found in the thin film of water covering particles of the ground.
There are a number of parasite species, some of which cause severe diseases in man, such as malaria; others live in symbiosis with other animals, for example in their intestines, and their action facilitates the digestive processes.

subjects dealt with in Protista

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Protista knowledge

Protista are microscopic, mainly unicellular organisms, i.e. consisting of one cell only. Unlike Monera, which have no distinguished nucleus, Protista…

vita_400x225_0002_protisi e l'uomo

Man and Protista

Protista live anywhere, provided there is even a little amount of water. There are marine and freshwater species that live…

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Protection of water

Lake Tovel, in the Trentino region, is known all over the world for the exceptional phenomenon of the “reddening of…

special reports

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    10 March 2006 / Water

    Environment biotech

    Biotechnology can be defined as the application of microbiology, genetic engineering and biochemistry for the treatment of waste materials by…

    batteri_biotech

    4 March 2010 / Life

    Biotechnological cleaners

    Bacteria that "eat oil" In today’s society, more than 80% of human activities are closely connected to the production of…

    virus

    1 October 2005 / Life

    Virus

    A microscopic mystery Virus is an ancient Latin word that means poison. It sounds scary for such a small thing.…

  • bioindicatori

    10 May 2008 / Air

    Bioindicators

    Monitoring the environment Ecologic research is more and more oriented towards an assessment of the quality of the environment and…

    biodive

    15 March 2008 / Life

    Biodiversity

    Defining biodiversity Much is said about biodiversity and of the need to protect it. But what is biodiversity? And why…

    emergenza_sanitaria

    20 September 2005 / Life

    Sanitary emergency

    The disasters epidemiology The modality study and the death entity (mortality rate), wounded entity (morbidity) and disease presented in a…

  • conan

    3 November 2014 / Life

    Conan the bacterium

    Have you ever leafed through the pages of a book of Guinness World Records? You can find records of all…

    vita_estrema

    5 February 2010 / Life

    Extreme bacteria

    Four billion years ago Researchers from the Cnr with Bruno D’Argento and Giuseppe Geraci, geology and molecular biology professors from…

    speciale_datazione_Oetzi

    4 April 2013 / Life

    Carbon (14C) dating method

    Radiocarbon dating In 1991, near the border between Austria and Italy, the body of the Similaun man, also known as…

  • Close-up of small plants in test tubes

    10 March 2006 / Water

    Environment biotech

    Biotechnology can be defined as the application of microbiology, genetic engineering and biochemistry for the treatment of waste materials by…

    batteri_biotech

    4 March 2010 / Life

    Biotechnological cleaners

    Bacteria that "eat oil" In today’s society, more than 80% of human activities are closely connected to the production of…

  • virus

    1 October 2005 / Life

    Virus

    A microscopic mystery Virus is an ancient Latin word that means poison. It sounds scary for such a small thing.…

    bioindicatori

    10 May 2008 / Air

    Bioindicators

    Monitoring the environment Ecologic research is more and more oriented towards an assessment of the quality of the environment and…

  • biodive

    15 March 2008 / Life

    Biodiversity

    Defining biodiversity Much is said about biodiversity and of the need to protect it. But what is biodiversity? And why…

    emergenza_sanitaria

    20 September 2005 / Life

    Sanitary emergency

    The disasters epidemiology The modality study and the death entity (mortality rate), wounded entity (morbidity) and disease presented in a…

  • Close-up of small plants in test tubes

    10 March 2006 / Water

    Environment biotech

    Biotechnology can be defined as the application of microbiology, genetic engineering and biochemistry for the treatment of waste materials by…

  • batteri_biotech

    4 March 2010 / Life

    Biotechnological cleaners

    Bacteria that "eat oil" In today’s society, more than 80% of human activities are closely connected to the production of…

  • virus

    1 October 2005 / Life

    Virus

    A microscopic mystery Virus is an ancient Latin word that means poison. It sounds scary for such a small thing.…

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