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Microbes

1. Laboratories spend millions of dollars and person-hours to identify microbes from clinical samples. What types of characteristics do clinicians use to identify microbes? Describe 3 biochemical tests that you would use to identify a microbe.
2. What do environmental microbes use as nutrient sources? – Describe three sources.
3. Soil microbes perform critical roles in agriculture. What chemicals are used to encourage the growth of these microbes and encourage plant growth?
4. Compare the mode of action of antibiotics and disinfectants.