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The Open University

Microbes – friend or foe?

The Open University via OpenLearn


Microbes often get a bad name. Whilst some of them do cause disease, others play vital roles in recycling nutrients in the soil to enable plants to grow, and in breaking down human waste. Without ...


  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes
  • 1 Disease-causing bacteria
  • 1 Disease-causing bacteria
  • 1.1 Evolution of antibiotic resistance in microbes
  • 2 Microbes in sewage treatment
  • 2 Microbes in sewage treatment
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements


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