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Kingdom Monera The Bacteria. What are bacteria? Very old form of life ~ 3.5 billion years Extremely abundant ~ 2.5 billion/gram of soil, found Live almost.

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1 Kingdom Monera The Bacteria

2 What are bacteria? Very old form of life ~ 3.5 billion years Extremely abundant ~ 2.5 billion/gram of soil, found Live almost everywhere, even where nothing else can live Unicellular organisms No nucleus Simple cell structure – lacks complex organelles of higher life forms

3 How Bacteria Get Food Most are heterotrophic, but some are autotrophic Cyanobacteria – also called blue-green algae are autotrophic Photo by: Matthewjparker x_(Cyanobacteria).JPG x_(Cyanobacteria).JPG "Cyanobacteria" by Argonne National Laboratory Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License Public Domain – NASA e:Cyanobacteria_guerrero_negro.jpg

4 How Bacteria Get Food Chemosynthetic bacteria are also autotrophic - they use sulfur- or iron- containing compounds to make their food Heterotrophic bacteria may be parasites, or they may eat other organisms, or they may be decomposers living on dead organic material.

5 Bacteria and Oxygen Like higher life forms many bacteria need oxygen to live Some bacteria do not need oxygen Some bacteria are actually inhibited or killed by the presence of oxygen, for example the tetanus bacterium.

6 Forms of Bacteria 1.Bacilli – rod-shaped bacteria (singular – bacillus) The first bacteria discovered to cause disease was a bacillus – Anthrax was discovered by Koch in 1877 May form chains (Streptobacillus)

7 Bacilli Escherichia coli Light Micrograph Photo by: Y_tambe Escherichia coli Electron Micrograph Public Domain: National Institutes of Health

8 Forms of Bacteria 2.Coccus – spherical- shaped bacteria a.Streptococcus – chains of coccus bacteria Example- Streptococcus pyogenes that causes strep throat and scarlet fever and is the “flesh-eating bacteria” b.Staphlococcus – grape-like clusters of coccus bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes Public Domain – CDC

9 Staphylococcus Staphylococcus aureus – light micrograph Photo by Y Tambe Staphylococcus aureus – electron micrograph Photo by: Janice Carr, Public Domain – CDC

10 Forms of Bacteria 3.Spiral – shaped Example – Spirillum sp. Spirillum Public Domain:

11 Forms of Bacteria 4.Filamentous – mold-like, long, branching, threadlike Actinomycetes – primary decomposers of plant material Frankia sp. – important plant partners Streptomyces species: Branching filaments, abundant aerial mycelia, and long chains of small spores are visible Public Domain – CDC _2983_lores.jpg _2983_lores.jpg

12 Forms of Bacteria Some bacteria do not fit into any of the four basic forms such as Bifidiobacterium that are Y-shaped

13 Reproduction in Bacteria Bacteria reproduce by a process known as binary fission where one cell divides into two equal cells 1→2 →4 →8 →16 →32 →64 →128 →256 →512 →etc. Under ideal conditions reproduction can happen every 20 minutes. Why doesn’t this usually happen? Image by: Mcstrother

14 Structure of Bacteria Cell Wall - a tough, rigid structure that surrounds, supports, shapes and protects the cell almost all bacteria have cell walls Capsule - An additional coating/layer surrounding the cell wall that some bacteria have Public Domain:

15 Structure of Bacteria Cell membrane Hereditary Material (DNA) – not within a nucleus Public Domain:

16 Movement of Bacteria Many bacteria are motile, meaning they can move themselves. They move by means of one or more flagella. Flagella are long, thin, whip-like structures on the outside of a bacterium. Public Domain – CDC wiki/File:Alcaligenes_f aecalis_PHIL- stained.jpg wiki/File:Alcaligenes_f aecalis_PHIL- stained.jpg Author: Mike Jones

17 Movement of Bacteria Non-motile bacteria depend upon environmental factors to move them – air currents, water, physical objects, etc.

18 Endospores Under adverse conditions some bacteria form a resting cell called an endospore that can survive. An endospore consists of hereditary material, a small amount of cytoplasm and a thick protective outer coat. Examples: Tetanus and Anthrax Clostridium botulinum vegetative cells and endospores Public Domain - CDC

19 Bacteria in Nature  An essential part of the food and energy relationships that link all life on Earth Decomposers free up nutrients needed by autotrophs Small heterotrophs (protists and tiny animals) feed on bacteria and in turn become food for larger heterotrophs

20 Bacteria in Nature  Cyanobacteria were the first oxygen producers and raised oxygen levels from 1% to 20% allowing oxygen-using organisms to evolve  Bacteria continue to change their environment – for example they are the first colonizers of land after a volcanic eruption

21 Symbiosis Symbiosis = a relationship in which one organism lives on, near or inside another organism and at least one of the organisms benefits Mutualism = a symbiotic relationship where both of the organisms benefit  Parasitism = a symbiotic relationship where one organism benefits but the other one is hurt in some way

22 Bacteria in Nature Bacteria form extremely important mutualistic relationships 1. Actinorhizal plants and Frankia bacteria 2. Legumes and Rhizobia bacteria  Both are extremely important relationships where the bacteria live within the roots of the plants and change nitrogen gas (N 2 ) into ammonia (NH 3 ) that the plant can use (called Nitrogen fixation). The plant gets nitrogen it can use and the bacteria get food (sugar) from the plant.

23 Bacteria in Nature Actinorhizal plants and Frankia bacteria Alder Root Nodule Photo by: Roger Griffith Public Domain:

24 Bacteria in Nature Legumes and Rhizobia bacteria Clover Root Nodules Photo by: Jeremy Kemp genFixingNodulesOnClover.jpg Root Nodules on Medicago italica lica_root_nodules_2.JPG Medicago italica is related to alfalfa.

25 Bacteria in Nature Bacteria form extremely important mutualistic relationships 3. Bacteria living in the digestive systems of many animals including all ruminants, horses, termites, etc. digest plant materials that the animal can’t (cellulose).

26 Bacteria and Humans Food – used to make yogurt, cheese, soy sauce, etc. but also caused food spoilage Food spoilage can be prevented for long periods by the canning process Pasteurization (heating to kill bacteria) is used to prevent disease transmission (tuberculosis) and increase shelf life Fuel – methane production, also responsible for petroleum production Environmental Cleanup – treat sewage, cleanup oil spills

27 Bacteria and Humans Health – necessary in intestines where they make vitamins and protect against bad bacteria Medicine – provide many antibiotics but cause many diseases (diphtheria, tetanus, cholera, strep throat, bubonic plague, staph infections, Lyme disease, some pneumonias) Industry – many uses including tanning leather and extracting valuable metals from rocks but can also damage industrial materials


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