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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…

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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

  • 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…

    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…

    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.…

  • 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…

    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…

    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…

  • 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…

    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…

    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…

  • 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…

    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…

  • 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.…

    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…

  • 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…

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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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curiosities

  • A super-milk

    Some protozoa have attracted the interest of the biotechnological research world, since it has been found out that their cells…

    Bread and cheese, wine or beer

    Yeast is used to make wine, beer and bread. When mixed with the bread dough, an ascomycete, Saccaromyces cerevisiae, produces…

    Decomposing organisms

    The ability to destroy organic matter has been used by man, since the enzymes contained in the fungal cells can…

  • Bio-luminescence

    Many sea animals, including a lot of fish and molluscs that live in the dark in the ocean depths, are…

    Bacteria as detergents

    Enzymes are proteins produced by the cells of all living organisms. These molecules promote and speed up all chemical reactions…

    Bacteria as Sherlock Holmes

    A drop of blood, a fragment of skin or a hair found on the scene of a crime can supply…

  • Bacteria as miners

    The ability of chemoautotrophic bacteria to take energy from the oxidation of inorganic compounds is used to extract ores. The…

    Down-pouring bacteria

    It sounds incredible, but recent researches have found that bacteria can cause some atmospheric phenomena. Some types of bacteria hover…

    High-fashion bacteria

    Some bacteria, the Clostridia, were used to make textile fibres from hemp and linen stalks. The raw plants were left…

  • A super-milk

    Some protozoa have attracted the interest of the biotechnological research world, since it has been found out that their cells…

    Bread and cheese, wine or beer

    Yeast is used to make wine, beer and bread. When mixed with the bread dough, an ascomycete, Saccaromyces cerevisiae, produces…

  • Decomposing organisms

    The ability to destroy organic matter has been used by man, since the enzymes contained in the fungal cells can…

    Bio-luminescence

    Many sea animals, including a lot of fish and molluscs that live in the dark in the ocean depths, are…

  • Bacteria as detergents

    Enzymes are proteins produced by the cells of all living organisms. These molecules promote and speed up all chemical reactions…

    Bacteria as Sherlock Holmes

    A drop of blood, a fragment of skin or a hair found on the scene of a crime can supply…

  • A super-milk

    Some protozoa have attracted the interest of the biotechnological research world, since it has been found out that their cells…

  • Bread and cheese, wine or beer

    Yeast is used to make wine, beer and bread. When mixed with the bread dough, an ascomycete, Saccaromyces cerevisiae, produces…

  • Decomposing organisms

    The ability to destroy organic matter has been used by man, since the enzymes contained in the fungal cells can…

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