Hurssey,JoshuaEH 550 – 0126 Jan 2018 Microorganismshave many traits; those traits can have a broad impact on the biosphere. It isa known fact that microorganisms are very small. So small that they can only beseen under a compound microscope. However, I am more interested in itsubiquitous distribution throughout all of Earth’s habitats. From bacteria, toviruses, protozoa, fungi, and algae, it’s amazing to think about how abundantmicrobes are.
Single-celled organisms have been found in simple places like onone’s skin or on the clothes one is wearing to much more extreme locations. Inan article written on this subject, it was said that “To provide more evidenceon microbe’s ubiquity, they can be found inside a solid rock or even betweenthe grains of minerals. Also, these bacteria, fungi, archaea, etc. are foundeverywhere above and even beneath the Earth’s surface” (Sherwood). Microorganismsare important and can change many things on the Earth. Because of this and thefact that they are found everywhere, I believe some microbes will never becomeobsolete. There ubiquitous distribution throughout the Earth’s habitats hascaused microbes to “play a very important role in the biosphere, particularlyin the areas of mineral transformations, element biotransformation, andbiogeochemical cycling” (Satyanarayana et al.
547). Its amazing once you thinkabout it. The population of human beings on this planet is around sevenbillion. For each human, there are about hundred trillion microbes in and ontheir body. Moreover, even though all microbes are ubiquitous, some are moreubiquitous than others. In an abstract, it was written that “microorganismswith larger genomes and more metabolic versatility were more likely to havelarger geographical and environmental distributions” (Barberán et al).Microorganisms have many traits, but I believe that the fact that they areubiquitous is more interesting and why microbes have such a huge impact on theEarth’s biosphere.
References: Barberán, Ramirez, Leff, Bradford, Wall,and Fierer. “Why Are Some Microbes More Ubiquitous Than Others? Predicting theHabitat Breadth of Soil Bacteria.” PubMed, Jul 2104: Web. 24 Jan 2018.Satyanarayana, Johri, and Prakash.
Microorganismsin Environmental Management: Microbes and Environment. Springer Science Media, 2012. Print.Sherwood, Susan. “What is Ubiquity inMicrobiology?” Sciencing, 25 April, 2017: Web. 24 Jan 2018.