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Tag words:bacteria, microbes, environmental microbiology, nitrogen fixation, nitrogen cycle, autotrophy, lithotroph, anaerobic respiration, decomposition, denitrification, anoxygenic photosynthesis.

Kenneth Todar currently teaches Microbiology 100 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His main teaching interests include general microbiology, bacterial diversity, microbial ecology and pathogenic bacteriology.

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The Impact of Microbes on the Environment and Human Activities (page 4)

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Microbes Cause Food Spoilage and Decomposition

Microbes are the agents of food spoilage and decomposition of clothing and sheltering materials. The factors that allow microbes to accomplish biodegradation and carbon cycling are at work on everything organic, which includes foods and grains stored in granaries, supermarket or refrigerator, as well as natural structural materials and textiles used for our shelters and clothing. Nothing lasts forever, and the microbial decomposition of everything organic will occur in time. Fungi and bacteria are the major microbial agents of decomposition in aerobic environments. Bacteria take over in environments that lack oxygen.

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Kenneth Todar is an emeritus lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught microbiology to undergraduate students at The University of Texas, University of Alaska and University of Wisconsin since 1969.

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