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A Comprehensive Guide to Homeschooling

Micro-organisms


 

What are micro-organisms?

Micro-organisms are very tiny living things that can be seen only with a microscope.

 

What is the other name given to micro-organisms?

Microbes

 

What are the examples for micro-organisms or microbes?

 

1) Bacteria

2) Fungus

3) Viruses

 

What are ‘germs’?

Micro-organisms that cause diseases and make us ill are often called germs.

 

Where can micro organisms live?

Micro-organisms can live all around us, in the air, in our bodies and in water.

 

Are all micro organisms harmful?

Some micro-organisms are harmful to us, but others are helpful to us.

 

What are the fungi that can be seen without a microscope?

  • Mushrooms
  • Toadstools
  • The moulds that grow on stale bread and rotting fruits (we can notice them only if lots of them are growing together)

 

Mushrooms – Some mushrooms can be eaten. There are many colourful kinds of fungi which are poisonous, although they do help materials to decay away, but they cannot be eaten.

 

Moulds – Moulds are small fungi, which cause bread and other organic materials to decay away.