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…

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    4 April 2013 / Life

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    16 April 2012 / Life

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    31 August 2013 / Life

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    Biodiversity in Italy Italy has a rich biodiversity due to its distinctive geographic, climatic and historical characteristics. In particular, there…

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