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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Benefits of Microbial processes to mankind:

o World health has improved trough the discovery of microbial causes of most human, animal and plant diseases, leading to the development of vaccines, antibiotics and chemicals to combat many of these diseases.

o Foods have been improved in quality and protected from spoilage to enable wide distribution and storage against times of need.

o Sewage treatment methods have been developed to break the chain of disease transfer through waterborne pathogens

o Farming practices have been improved through recognizing and capitalizing on the role of soil microorganisms; microbes have been used to breakdown crop residues for reuse by new crops. Nitrogen fixing organisms have been used to inoculate legumes.

o Microbial fermentation processes have provided foods, beverages, medicines and chemicals for human use.

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