How do microorganisms interact with their environment and modify each other?
- List two factors that limit growth in a batch culture.
- Define the term eutrophication.
- Choose a perturbation to a novel environment, and predict the change to the resident microbial community.
- Explain how the presence of a microorganism elicits a cellular or humoral immune response.
- Discuss an example of host-parasite (e.g., human and microbes, bacteria and phage, etc.) coevolution.
- Describe how fermentative bacteria in sourdough (or other foods) change their environment, and how that affects the initial community.
- Explain why the presence of nitrogen-fixing bacteria is often required to support other growth in a diverse ecosystem.